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Ray Phiri's family to break the news to his mom today

13 July 2017 - 15:02 By Chrizelda Kekana
Ray Phiri died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Ray Phiri died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Image: Picture: HALDEN KROG

Iconic jazz musician Ray Phiri's death on Wednesday has left the family with the devastating task of notifying his elderly mother and they have enlisted help from local social workers to assist.

Spokesperson Paul Nkanyane told TshisaLIVE that the family had been buried under the huge responsibility that came with organising Ray's funeral.

He added that breaking the news to Ray's over 112-year-old mother was a daunting task for the family.

"Everybody in the community is coming together to help where they can. Ray's mother had not been told as yet and we have asked social workers to come help us later today when we inform her. The task of telling her has been hard on the family," he said.

Ray died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after being diagnosed with lung cancer two months ago.

He spent the last two weeks in a Nelspruit hospital where he was surrounded by family and friends in his final moments.