The veteran South African singer Mduduzi "Mandoza" Tshabalala is said to be fighting for his life.
"A great son of our Mzansi soil is in trouble," said a statement released by his friend and producer Gabi le Roux.
The statement says doctors and medical staff are trying whatever they can to help him.
"We are not giving up hope for his recovery," said Le Roux.
He asked that friends and fans pray for him. "Beckon the ancestors and keep him in your thoughts during this time. Please also be respectful and careful in how you react to this announcement."
Mandoza was diagnosed with cancer last year, but with the support of his wife Mpho Tshabalala, his family and doctors, he recovered enough to go home.
The statement included details about the musician's life.
Mandoza was born in Zola, Soweto and shared a house with his mum, his grandparents and two sisters.
"He never knew his father and his mother claimed he was murdered the same year Mandoza was born."
As a 16-year-old he went to prison for 18 months for stealing a car.
After leaving jail he formed the group Chiskop with his three childhood friends, S'bu, Siphiwe and Sizwe.
His talents were discovered by Arthur Mafokate, also known as the King of Kwaito. His music was first played on air by DJ Sipho Mbatha of Durban Youth Radio.
Mandoza uses his music to encourage youth to achieve their goals. His song Uzoyithola Kanjani means, "How are you going to get it if you don't get up and go for it."
He credits a lot of his success to his mentor, Glenn Morris, who helped him during his drug-filled early years.
Mandoza sings in English, Afrikaans, isiZulu and isiXhosa.
Source - Dailysun