Family and friends of Afro-pop singer Robbie Malinga say they are struggling to come to terms with his death.
Tributes are pouring in on social media for Malinga, who died Monday at the age of 49.
He had been ill for a number of months and was admitted to hospital in June after being diagnosed with anaemia.
Meanwhile, members of the music fraternity in South Africa are mourning the loss of the Afro-pop veteran singer and producer.
Music producer TK Nciza, says he will always remember the passion Malinga had for music.
“He was a very funny guy, he was a family man, he loved his people he loved his music. He was a genius. He was an amazing friend. We will remember him for many years to come. He was a genius of Afro pop I mean he brought Afro pop back into the game. He was very passionate I mean he would come at my house at 12 o clock at night, leave at 3am, we meeting the following morning or the same morning at 8 trying to guide the type of music we want to produce for our artists so you I will remember his passion for his music and his love for his artists.”
The hashtag RIPRobbieMalinga has continued to trend on twitter.
Messages of condolences for the afro-pop veteran have flooded social media since his passing.
On twitter the South African government says they are heartbroken to learn the news of Malinga’s untimely passing.
The South African music association also tweeted: “Thank you for the authentic South African sounds. We will forever cherish and remember your dedication and contribution to the music industry”.
The renowned music producer was responsible for shaping the careers of many artists including Kabelo Mabalane and Mzekezeke.
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I was looking forward to seeing @RobbieMalinga on stage on Jan 1st. My deepest condolences to his family and fans. South Africa has lost a legendary producer & musician. #RIPRobbieMalinga pic.twitter.com/a4lEh9COTu pic.twitter.com/zlc2GQN2vQ
— LIRA-BORN FREE album (@Miss_LIRA) December 26, 2017
— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) December 25, 2017
EFF joins the country in mourning the untimely passing of Robbie Malinga. We pass our sincere condolences to the family, friends and all the fans of his sound. May his soul rest in perfect peace #RIPRobbieMalinga pic.twitter.com/vN4RI93who
— IG: @MbuyiseniNdlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) December 25, 2017
This is so sad 😭 💔#RIPRobbieMalinga
Robbie Malinga Was A Living Legend pic.twitter.com/2EoWPODtyF
— Lerato Mbongo (@AndImLee) December 25, 2017