Tributes pour in for Bra Hugh Masekela

News of veteran musician Hugh Masekela's death has sent shockwaves through the nation on Tuesday morning.

Masekela who was fondly referred to as Bra Hugh died after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer.

Bra Hugh‚ who was 75-years-old was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his death.

"After a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer‚ he passed peacefully in Johannesburg‚ South Africa‚ surrounded by his family‚" read a press statement.

South African jazz musician Ramopolo Hugh Masekela has died. Masekela lost his battle with prostate cancer in Johannesburg, his family said on Tuesday, January 23 2018. South Africans expressed their grief in a number of tributes.

The musician's team released a statement in October‚ which revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008.

Fans from across the globe have filled social media with heartfelt condolences to Bra Hugh's family and have remembered his massive contribution to the country's political struggle through music:

#RIPbraHugh 😔

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