South African gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane who recently launched his new album at Ditshupo in Gaborone has died, media reports from South Africa say. The "Wethembekile Baba" was launched on August 6 with the artist having spent days in Gaborone. The news of his passing on Monday shocked many of his followers. Details around his death are unclear at this stage, but TshisaLIVE believes he died in a Johannesburg hospital on Monday morning. "It happened this morning and we don’t have the details yet,” his sister Gugu told Drum. Move! magazine is reporting that the singer was coughing up blood last night. The singer made headlines last year after he bought his pastor a R1.9 Mercedes. The Kulungile Baba hitmaker said that Pastor Anosike "saved his life through prayer" and he felt he had to repay him. It was later reported that he was struggling to make the payments.
Ncwane's management team have been unavailable for comment. His booking agent and cousin told TshisaLIVE that they could not comment. A woman by the name of Mmatona Ntuane who apparently works at the KZN Department of Health broke the news on Twitter earlier today. But later in the day a family member offered more details to Move! magazine. “Sfiso passed on after an alleged kidney failure. He was rushed to the hospital last night after he complained about kidney problems,” said Sipho Makhabane, speaking on behalf of the singer's family. His album launch in Gaborone featured Charisma (Joyous Celebration), Omega (Spirit of Praise), Vee Mampeezy (BW), David(BW), Ounah (BW), X-Calibre (BW), and Tshegofatso Kwadiba among others.
*Additional reporting by The Patriot on Sunday.