Zahara’s fans are growing tired of feeling sorry for her. Image via Facebook Zahara

RIP: Musician Zahara has died

RIP: Multi-award-winning singer Bulelwa ‘Zahara’ Mkutukana has passed away at the age of 36.


Zahara’s fans are growing tired of feeling sorry for her. Image via Facebook Zahara

Award-winning musician Zahara, born Bulelwa Mkutukana, has passed away at the age of 36.

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According to Sunday World, a source confirmed that the Loliwe hitmaker died at a private Johannesburg Hospital on Monday night with her fiancé, Mpho Xaba, by her bedside.

“The family will release a statement soon. She was with Mpho when she passed away,” the source told the publication.

The SABC also confirmed the singer’s death in a news broadcast.

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Zahara was admitted to hospital last month after she fell ill. Zimoja reported at the time that the singer had been transfered to the intensive care unit (ICU).

Her family, as well as her manager, Oyama Dyobisa released statement on 27 November confirming that she was hospitalised and asked for privacy and prayers for her speedy recovery.

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“We wanted to take this opportunity as a family to express gratitude for the outpouring of love, support and compassion for our dearest Zahara since the recent media articles about the nature of her health. For your kindness and concern, and because we know you love Zahara, we wanted to give you an update on our daughter’s health.

“Zahara has been admitted to the hospital for a week following complaints about physical pains. The doctors are working diligently and we await further updates from them.

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“Unfortunately, even though our daughter’s hospitalisation has been of strict confidentiality with our family and close friends, that hasn’t stopped the spread of disingenuous information on the internet. We want to stress that any reliable information regarding Zahara’s health will be communicated via her social media platform or by herself. 

“In the meantime, we are asking for privacy on this matter and your continued prayers for the speedy recovery of our beloved Zahara. We trust that she will be back on the road soon, doing what she loves and what we all love her for, healing people through her powerful gift and love of music.”