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Kwaito star, Tsekeleke, loses battle with diabetes

The late Kwaito star, Mixon ‘Tsekeleke” Tholo

Kwaito music star, Mixon Tholo, of the Fatty Boom Boom fame, has died.

Tsekeleke, as he was popularly known, died after undergoing a fourth amputation on his leg at a hospital in Vosloorus at around 7pm on Tuesday. Fellow musician and friend, DJ Vetkuk, broke the news on social media.

“I can confirm that Tsekeleke died at around 7pm this evening. I have just been notified of this by his family,” said Vetkuk.

Tsekeleke was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and has been battling the disease for the past 10years. Things became worse for him last year when doctors told him that they had to amputate his leg after he developed a sore on his toe. The musician initially refused to have the amputation and instead chose to seek spiritual intervention from controversial Pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng who placed him under a 2-month “rehabilitation” programme called Eight Weeks of Incredible Journey with Mboro.

The programme included prayer sessions as Tsekeleke allegedly abandoned medication.

“I would rather die than to have my leg amputated. I have faith and belief that God will answer my prayers. My father was also diabetic and he had a problem with his leg and they amputated it. But he later died of the disease, so I would rather die than have it amputated,” the late musician said at the time.

He later had his toes amputated late last year and has since had three more amputations done on the same leg as doctors attempted to stop the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a condition common in diabetic patients which results in the arteries narrowing and therefore limiting blood flow.

Tsekeleke’s close friend, Max “Chief”Mjamba revealed that the late musician was rushed to hospital on Monday and sadly, the following day he drew his last breath with family and “Chief” on his bedside.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has sent his condolences to the Tholo family.

“We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of a sensational avant-garde of Kwaito, Tsekeleke, who has sadly passed on.”

Tholo rose to fame with the release of the song, “Fatty Boom Boom”, which contained the catchy phrase “Tsekeleke”. Despite his bulky frame, Tholo captivated audiences with his energetic dance moves on stage.


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