Fatty Boom Boom hit-maker loses long bat­tle to di­a­betes

Min­is­ter, MEC pay trib­ute to avant-garde kwaito star

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TRIB­UTES con­tin­ued to pour in for kwaito sen­sa­tion An­thony Mo­taung, who was af­fec­tion­ately known as “Tsekeleke” by his scores of fans.

This in­cluded Arts and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa, who said he was sad­dened by his death, as well as Gaut­eng Sport, Arts, Cul­ture and Recre­ation MEC Faith Maz­ibuko, who de­scribed the star as a larger-than-life mu­si­cian.

The Fatty Boom Boom hit­maker lost his life on Tues­day night in a Vosloorus hos­pi­tal af­ter a long bat­tle with di­a­betes. He had re­port­edly been suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease for years.

The plus-size mu­si­cian was vo­cal about his bat­tle with di­a­betes, which impairs the body’s abil­ity to pro­duce or re­spond to the hor­mone in­sulin, re­sult­ing in the ab­nor­mal me­tab­o­lism of car­bo­hy­drates and el­e­vated lev­els of glu­cose in the blood.

As the dis­ease re­stricted the flow of blood to his feet and legs, doc­tors had warned him that they might have to am­pu­tate his leg.

But he told the me­dia last year that he would rather die than have his limb am­pu­tated.

In a des­per­ate bid for help, he turned to In­cred­i­ble Hap­pen­ings Church leader Paseka “Mboro” Mot­soe­neng to pray for divine in­ter­ven­tion.

“Af­ter watch­ing peo­ple on tele­vi­sion say­ing they were healed by him, I de­cided to come to him for help.

“He is my last hope,” he told the Sun­day World at the time.

De­spite prayers for his ailing health, the beloved mu­si­cian suc­cumbed to the dis­ease, which made his last years dif­fi­cult.

Although he was of­ten in the spot­light be­cause of his weight and his bat­tle with di­a­betes, his im­pres­sive mu­sic ca­reer spanned two decades.

Other songs he was ac­claimed for in­cludes Fat­tis & Mo­nis fea­tur­ing Ntokozo Masinga, Groove and Khekhe.

While #ript­sekeleke was trending for most of yes­ter­day, Mthethwa tweeted: “We send our sin­cere condolences to the fam­ily and friends of a sen­sa­tional avant-garde of kwaito, Tsekeleke, who has sadly passed on.”

@Groot­manTe­bza posted on Twit­ter: “Tsekeleke has passed away. Life had been so dif­fi­cult for him in the past 10 years at least. May he fi­nally rest #RIPT­sekeleke.”

Mean­while, many be­lieved that he would have been alive if he had looked af­ter his health.

This in­cluded @Abn­nerds who tweeted: “Tsekeleke should’ve lost weight, he’d still be with us if we’re be­ing hon­est.”

In her state­ment, Maz­ibuko ex­pressed her condolences to the mu­si­cian’s loved ones.

“We mourn the death of this fallen star with his fam­ily, friends and col­leagues in the mu­sic in­dus­try,” the MEC said yes­ter­day.

‘LARGER THAN LIFE’: Kwaito star An­thony Mo­taung, known as Tsekeleke, has died in hos­pi­tal.

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