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Daisy Mtukudzi shares an emotional account of Tuku’s last moments

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Daisy Mtukudzi shares an emotional account of Tuku’s last moments. The controversial Daisy Mtukudzi recently shared with the state-media of the torrid time she endured after the musician was hospitalised at the Avenues Clinic in Harare before he subsequently succumbed to heart failure related to diabetes.

The wife of late national hero and music legend Oliver Mtukudzi has opened up on the maestro’s last moments before he passed on last year after a prolonged illness.

Daisy narrated of how she had slept in the car park at Avenues Clinic for many days hoping desperately that Mtukudzi would recover. The last days were really straining, but I had hope that he would get well. I spent most of my time at the hospital. Sometimes I would sleep in my car in the car park. I would only drive home to take a bath. I just felt I had to be as close to him as possible at any time.

There is one nurse at the hospital who was surprised to see me lying on the ground using a fuel jerry can as a pillow. I was feeling so exhausted and I needed to lie on flat ground to stretch, but I did not have a pillow so I had to use the jerry can. That nurse thought I was getting too stressed and she tried to comfort me.

Daisy’s brief period of comfort came when she was allowed to take Tuku home for Christmas.

He asked the doctors to release him for a few days because he felt better. They had agreed to release him on December 20. They had to reverse the decision saying they needed more time to monitor him. They finally agreed to release him on the 24th and the family was happy when he came home for Christmas.

I knew he was in pain, but he tried to be strong. On Christmas day he lay in a reclining stretcher under a tree shade with his family members around him. His grandchildren joked with him and sang for him. He looked relieved. We stayed with him for a few days and took him back to hospital.

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Daisy Mtukudzi

Some moments of comfort came during her hours at the hospital when Tuku would say a few words to her. She recalls the last time they had a good chat.

One morning when I got into the ward he removed his wedding ring and gave it to me. He said he was going into a new ward and the nurses had advised him to remove the ring. He gave me the ring and said ‘don’t put it in your purse, put in on your finger’. I put the ring on my finger and he smiled and joked about how it looked good on me. He said ‘Dee, I love you’,” said Daisy who still has the ring on the middle finger of her right hand.

Daisy Mtukudzi

Sadly, Tuku was never to put on the ring again. Mtukudzi passed on at the age of 66 after an illustrious career which spanned decades. Mtukudzi went on to make history after becoming the first musician to be declared a national hero.

Source – iHarare

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