logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

Cheryl Kahla
Jul 16, 2019
04:34 P.M.

Groundbreaking South African musician Johnny Clegg died after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 66.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

The South African Government said that Clegg's music could "unite people across the races [...] and made an indelible mark on the music industry and the hearts of the people." They added:

"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.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski Said Faith Helped Her Foresee Fatal Diagnosis and Get Through Her Divorce

February 23, 2022

Meet Leslie Uggam's Kids with Husband Who It Was Socially Taboo & Illegal to Marry In Several States

April 28, 2022

Neil Cavuto Battles against COVID — He Thought He 'Wouldn't Be Here' When He Caught It a 2nd Time

February 23, 2022

Michelle Obama Felt ‘Lost & Alone’ as She Could Not Conceive at 35 - She Described Having a Baby as ‘Magical'

March 12, 2022

Tom Jones Had to Take DNA Test for His Homeless Second Son Whom He Never Saw & Denied for 20 Years

February 18, 2022

Charlotte Rae's Husband Cheated on Her with Other Men – He Could Not Marry His Love after Their Divorce

March 30, 2022

Tom Brady & Pregnant Bridget Moynahan Split - She Wed Husband at Secret Ceremony 9 Years Later

February 20, 2022

Chrissy Metz's Ex-husband Martyn Eaden Filed for Divorce in 2014 — Her Love Life Flourished after They Split

January 26, 2022

Inside Patrick Swayze & Widow Lisa Niemi’s 7,261-Acre 'Dream Ranch' They Owned for 23 Years

January 31, 2022

Jeff Bridges Stayed in Montana for Decades after Falling for Local Waitress – Inside Their Home

April 26, 2022

Jon Bon Jovi Has Been Married to His Wife for 33 Years and Is a Proud Father of 4

March 01, 2022

Hattie McDaniel Left 2 Instructions for Her Funeral in Her Will — One Was Refused

February 23, 2022

'Family Affair's' Johnny Whitaker's Family Threatened to 'Divorce' Him after He Became Penniless

January 25, 2022

Princess Charlene Tried 'To Flee 3 Times' before Monaco Wedding & Cried during the Ceremony, Said Reports

March 16, 2022