The 78-year-old went public about his condition early this month on his social media handles, touching hearts of his fans across the divide. In the same post, the legendary singer appealed for privacy at a time he is fighting cancer.
Legendary crooner Zex Manatsa, who is battling multiple myeloma cancer at home, is mentally strong, according to his family. According to health experts, multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called plasma cell, which fight infections by making antibodies that recognise and attack germs.
Study has also shown that in multiple myeloma, cancerous plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow and crowd out health cells.
In an interview with H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle, Manatsa’s eldest son – Green – said the legend is a natural fighter. “My father is one of the courageous people that I have known in my life even if he is unwell.
“He is mentally strong but with medication, daddy gets drained here and there when he takes his doses as prescribed by doctors.
“However, we are glad that he is positive and more determined to fight on, which gives us hope as a family that he is going to win his batter with cancer,” he said. Green, who honed his skills as a keyboardist under his father’s Green Arrows outfit, said his father’s condition deteriorated three months ago.
“At first we thought it was arthritis when he took him to the doctors three or so months back. “Further tests went on to reveal that he was a multiple myeloma cancer patient.
“We then sat as a family and immediately mapped a way forward so that my father gets help. “Some of my brothers from the UK and SA flew back home to be with him at a time he is unwell. “We are trying our best as a family with the hope that our father wins this battle with cancer.
“As a family, we will always do the best in our power to ensure that our father gets the medication that he wants and recover,” he said. Asked whether the family needed help in this trying times assist the grounded multilingual singer, Green explained:
“At the moment we are doing the best we can as a family with the resources we have. “We wouldn’t want it to appear like a charity case so we are just doing the best we can as a family.
“However, if there are people willing to chip in, they can do so with our blessings but at the moment we are managing it at family level.” Green, who now doubles as a producer, said his father’s legacy was safe.
“My father played his part in music and even taught us the ropes so we are not worried about his legacy. “He is a legend in his own right who played his part when it mattered most and we will keep his legacy alive.
“My daddy contributed a lot of songs during the liberation struggle, which inspired freedom fighters. He has a rich catalogue of songs to show for it,” he added. His father who grabbed headlines when he filled Rufaro Stadium during his wedding day on August 25 1979, is still together with Stella Manatsa.
The couple is blessed with six boys namely Green who was born in 1975, Aaron (1977), Tendai (1979), twin brothers Freedom and Shingi (1982) and Zex Junior (1986).
During his peak, Manatsa who is known for such chart-toppers as Chipo Chiroorwa, Chechule Wavala Bottom, Chivaraidze and Tea Hobvu among other chart-toppers.
He was also a darling of soccer fans having penned four songs for Highlanders, Makepeke, Dynamos and Zimbabwe Saints.
Source – H-Metro
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