His terminal illness came to light through social media, when longtime friend and former bandmate Richard Mitchell shared that the legendary musician had exhausted his medical aid funds.
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Phiri reportedly pleaded for privacy while lying at the Nelspruit hospital. The Sowetan reports that when called for an interview, Phiri asked for his privacy to be respected. “Let me suffer in peace with my pain, on my own with my dignity,” he told the publication.
In the post, which has since been removed, Mitchell apparently wrote: “Please help by donating funds as he has exhausted all his private funds. Phiri has received many awards in recognition of his contribution to the music industry.”
More details to follow.