Sad end­ing for kwaito heavy­weight ‘Tsekeleke’

Leg and fin­gers am­pu­tated

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

THINGS have not been easy for the fam­ily of kwaito heavy­weight Anthony “Tsekeleke” or “Fatty Boom Boom” Mo­taung’s fam­ily since he died a week ago.

Mo­taung died af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal due to com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to di­a­betes.

He was best known for his 1990s hit song Fatty Boom Boom.

“The fam­ily has found it dif­fi­cult to cope with his pass­ing be­cause we thought he would be bet­ter,” Brian Mo­taung told The Star dur­ing the singer’s me­mo­rial ser­vice in Tem­bisa yes­ter­day.

Brian, Anthony’s younger brother, said the last few months lead­ing up to his brother’s death were hard as he had been in and out of hos­pi­tal.

“His leg was am­pu­tated in Jan­uary, this was fol­lowed by the pinky fin­ger on his left hand, then fol­lowed by four other fin­gers,” Brian said.

“Af­ter he was dis­charged, he spent a few weeks at home be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted again.”

Brian ex­plained the pur­pose of this ad­mis­sion was to check on his leg, how­ever that was when things be­came worse.

“He was get­ting a skin graft and said he would be dis­charged af­ter two weeks, but a few days af­ter that we re­ceived a call that he was in ICU,” Brian said.

He said Tsekeleke had been im­prov­ing, but the skin graft op­er­a­tion slowed down the re­cov­ery rate.

“A fam­ily friend who works at the hos­pi­tal and some­times checked on him called us and asked us to come to the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“When we ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal, we found that his leg was cut fur­ther.”

Brian said that the fam­ily ap­proached the hos­pi­tal to ask why they were not con­tacted be­fore the mu­si­cian was op­er­ated on.

“They showed us a con­sent form that Anthony signed. And we couldn’t do any­thing about it,” he said.

Brian said that Tsekeleke’s health de­te­ri­o­rated and the fam­ily be­gan fear­ing for the worst. “He died two days af­ter that. “He was in a crit­i­cal state and doc­tors could not do any­thing to help,” Brian said.

Many con­vened to cel­e­brate Tsekeleke’s life.

They in­cluded DJs Vetkuk and Ma­hoota, Eu­gene Mthethwa and Jakarumba from the kwaito group Tromp­ies.

DJ Vetkuk said Anthony would be re­mem­bered for his mas­sive per­son­al­ity and sense of hu­mour.

“He was al­ways easy go­ing, al­ways laugh­ing and mak­ing jokes.

“There will never be any­one like him – the mu­sic in­dus­try has lost,” DJ Vetkuk said.

Prophet Paseka Mboro Mot­soe­neng, who was also at the ser­vice, de­scribed Tsekeleke as a man who feared God.

He be­moaned the lack of sup­port that Tsekeleke’s fam­ily was shown since his death.

“Peo­ple love you when you per­form but where are they now?

“Just two celebri­ties here to­day. He died a painful death,” the prophet said.

Jakarumba, mean­while, de­scribed the kwaito star as a lovely per­son “who would never hold a grudge against any­one”.

His fu­neral will be on Satur­day and he will be buried in Tem­bisa.

BIG LOSS: Kwaito heavy­weight Anthony Mo­taung.

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