Johnny Clegg Dies at 66
Groundbreaking South African musician Johnny Clegg died after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 66.
According to South Africa's state broadcaster, Johnny Clegg passed away at his home in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Clegg achieved worldwide recognition in the eighties with his multi-racial bands in defiance of the laws established by the Apartheid South African government of the time.
Condolences to Family and Friends of— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 16, 2019
Johnny Clegg -one of South Africa’s most celebrated sons. He was a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, anthropologist whose infectious crossover music exploded onto the international scene and contributed towards social cohesion #RIPJohnnyClegg pic.twitter.com/NpyQeZ2E4X
He rose to prominence in the United States and was one of the few South African musicians whose albums made it to the top of the Billboards charts.
His song "Scatterlings of Africa" was included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning film "Rain Man," with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in the lead roles.
The passing of @JohnnyCleggReal is not only a loss to South Africa, but to the world. Mr. Johnny Clegg, a son of South Africa, flew the country’s flag to many heights. May his soul Rest In Peace. #RIPJohnnyClegg #JohnnyClegg (📸: Johnny Clegg Facebook) pic.twitter.com/VlTKLGo9KF— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) July 16, 2019
"He has left deep footprints in our hearts. He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity."
Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and underwent two six-month chemotherapy sessions, as well as an operation.
Clegg retired in 2017, after going on his last energy-laden tour called "The Final Journey." His cancer was in remission at the time.