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South African Jazz maestro Hugh Masekela dies

South Africa’s jazz maestro Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78.

A statement from Masekela’s family confirmed the death, saying he had lost a battle with prostate cancer.

“It is with profound sorrow that the family of Ramapolo Hugh Masekela announce his passing. After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer, he passed peacefully in Johannesburg, South Africa, surrounded by his family,” read the statement.

Masekela, who was born on April 4, 1939, has been described as a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend.

“Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across 6 continents and we are blessed and grateful to be part of a life and ever-expanding legacy of love, sharing and vanguard creativity that spans the time and space of 6 decades,” added the statement.

“Rest in power beloved, you are forever in our hearts.”

The family promised to release details of memorial and burial services in due course.