Devastating news of Big Nuz member Mampintsha‘s death has not only left his family, friends, and fans brokenhearted but has seen his, his group’s, and his wife’s names charting the Twitter trends list as Mzansi reacts to his death.
The 40-year-old star died on Saturday morning. West Ink Records manager Sbu Ncube confirmed the publication.
In a statement, the artist’s management said details of his death cannot be shared with the public and that details about the funeral and memorial services would be announced in due course.
See the statement below:
Record label Afrotainment released a statement on Wednesday confirming speculation that the 40-year-old, whose real name was Mandla Maphumulo, had been admitted to King Edward Hospital in Durban.
This after the star, who gained fame as part of the musical group Big Nuz, suffered a minor stroke. It added the musician was under the supervision of doctors.
Mampintsha and Babes, real name Bongekile Simelane, have a child, known to fans as Sponge. The pair tied the knot a year ago and their wedding was screened in a Showmax special, in addition to the reality TV show Uthando Lodumo.
Twitter and other social media platforms have been flooded with tributes as many mourn the loss of the musician, who made a major contribution to the South African music industry.
Many are heartbroken for Babes, having followed the pair’s turbulent relationship for years, from girlfriend and boyfriend to husband and wife.
“Askies baba ka Sponge! RIP Shimora, you were a colourful and vibrant character, always with the big hits! Condolences to your wife, family, friends and fans!” tweeted one fan.
“Big Nuz has made us dance and enjoy the best of Durban kwaito for over 15 years. They gave it their all. And Mampintsha was right at the centre of that. RIP Shimora. What a legend!” tweeted another brokenhearted fan.
See the other tributes below:
Bathong Babes… my heart breaks for her and the fam 💔
Condolences to family and friends 🙏🏽🕯️
— 𝕄𝕡𝕙𝕠 𝕄𝕒𝕓𝕠𝕚 (@MphoMaboi_) December 24, 2022
Mampintsha has always been thankful whenever given a chance and a mic to spit on a beat❤
The best to ever do it, go well, Shimora – usikhonzele ku R Mashesha, Sir Bubzin and many other soldiers💔
Sorry Babes, fans, friends & family.
RIP Shimora #Mampintsha
Boksburg Nia Long pic.twitter.com/PsTVrEnJLR
— YaseBlock B 🇸🇿 (@ThisIsColbert) December 24, 2022
Askies baba ka Sponge! RIP Shimora, you were a colourful and vibrant character, always with the big hits! Condolences to your wife, family, friends and fans! 💔💔 #RIPMampintsha pic.twitter.com/hqpDJKYomo
— Khanyi Magubane (@Khanyi_Magubane) December 24, 2022
Condolences to Babes Wodumo, Sponge, her family and Mamphintsha’s family, friends, colleagues and his fans. Sad times to West Ink and Afrotainment. Rip Shimora. We appreciate the music and reality show you shared with us. No matter what happened, no one deserves to die
— Tšhegofatšo 📿📿🐾 (@MaabuleM) December 24, 2022
RIP Shimora Mampintsha. Strength to Babes, family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/6FIGBYMyhq
— Selfie King (@Abel_Seloane) December 24, 2022
— Jones Mzizi (@jonesmzizi) December 24, 2022
RIP Shimora😭one of the most funniest people on Earth ♥️❗ pic.twitter.com/h6q0z15uPJ
— GustavoGustavo❗ (@GustavoNinela) December 24, 2022
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