Gospels artist Neyi Zimu has been described as a dedicated family member who pursued his dreams.

The “Jehova Retshepile Wena” hit maker died at the Busamed hospital in Modderfontein east of Johannesburg after a long illness.

He was 49-years old.

Zimu’s brother Silas Zimu says he was a gifted person . ” Neyi I thought he was gonna be a soccer player, he had a calling on to pursue gospel music. He produced songs himself. We grew up together attending sunday school.”

Dumi Mkokstad who sang with Zimu on the Spirit of Praise gospel group says he was a very loving person.

“Pastor Neyi Zimu was a loving person liked making jokes. So I think the one way I would remember him was how fun it was to be around him and he kept on encouraging us.”

On Twitter, Gospel singer, Dr Tumi says, “Nothing would have prepared me for that call. You represented the kingdom so well. Thank you for the contribution you have made and how you have touched our lives. Forever loved and your ministry will live on.”

Economic Freedom Fighters Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, “Got a call this morning from Sis Nelle  who says to me “Pastor Neyi has gone to be with the Lord” #RIPNeyiZimu 💔 The Vaal has lost a giant, SA has lost a musical titan, and Gospel has lost a Shepard. But HEAVEN has gained a worship and choir leader. His will rest in power.”