Ray Phiri’s last moments were spent surrounded by close friends and family‚ his brother and family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane .The music veteran died in a Nelspruit hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a battle with lung cancer.
“He had been battling for a while and his family were told that it wouldn’t be that long. He died surrounded by friends and family and looked peaceful as he passed‚” Paul said.
He added that the family was devastated and still in “deep shock” over Ray’s death.
“We are devastated and‚ naturally‚ asked why this has happened. But we are coming to terms with the loss because we understand that this is life and we have to be strong‚” Paul said.
He said the family were notified about the cancer two months ago and immediately put him [Ray] on treatment.
“We were alerted to it two months ago after Ray became very sick. His health deteriorated until he was eventually admitted to hospital two weeks ago. We knew that it was serious but we did not want to even think about the possibility he would die‚” Paul said.
As reported by TshisaLIVE earlier this week Ray’s condition was made public after a close friend started a crowdfunding initiative to help pay the cost of his medical treatment. The initiative was later stopped by Ray’s family.
Paul said they requested the page be stopped because they wanted to deal with Ray’s condition in private.
“We are a very private family and did not want to reveal details about his condition to the media. But we are aware of the prayers on Ray’s behalf and we are grateful for them. He was loved by many and we are grateful that he made such an impact on the nation‚” Paul said.