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Gospel star Neyi Zimu dies

Neyi Zimu had been battling skin cancer and he passed away on Wednesday night in Busamed Hospital in Modderfontein.

Gospel artist and pastor Neyi Zimu. Picture: @NeyiZimuMusic/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Well-known gospel artist and pastor Neyi Zimu has died.

Zimu had been battling skin cancer and he passed away on Wednesday night in Busamed Hospital in Modderfontein.

He's well-known for performing with veteran gospel singer Benjamin Dube's group Spirit of Praise at their concerts.

His albums include Best of Neyi Zimu, Another Level of Worship and The Waiting is Over.

He also performed at a number of Economic Freedom Fighters’ rallies.

On Thursday morning, the party sent its condolences to Zimu’s family and fans.

“The EFF is saddened by the passing away of gospel legend Pastor Neyi Zimu, who went to be with the Lord late last night. We send our heartfelt and revolutionary condolences to his family and close friends. We ask that the God Zimu sang about may stretch forth his hand and be the one that heals the wounds created by such a painful loss.”

The statement added: “The EFF has been graced by his undying support in prayer and music. In our rallies, he has ministered and always told us to trust in God. That was his message, leading us at all times, to confess to the truth of ages, ‘In Jehovah we trust’.”

WATCH: Spirit of Praise 6 featuring Neyi Zimu - Jehova Retshepile Wena

South Africans have taken to social media to pay tribute to Zimu.

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