#RIPRobbieMalinga 'His death is catastrophic'
As most South African's celebrate the festive season with their family and friends, Robbie Malinga's nearest are mourning the loss of their father and husband.
The music veteran, who was diagnosed with anaemia a year ago, died on Christmas day at his Johannesburg home.
He was in and out of hospital for much of 2017 and in November was hospitalised after being diagnosed with exhaustion.
But he was determined to fight on and when he recently celebrated his 47th birthday he said he had to fight for his children, young wife and fans.
Tributes have been pouring in for the musician, who was celebrated not only for his voice and hit tracks, but was also respected for being a composer and producer.
Robbie Malinga explored everything that dealt with music & its outward expression!! Such a unique voice befitting of someone who wanted to boost every other musician's profile.— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) December 25, 2017
Farewell "bizo" as u always called me!! U will be missed. 🙏🏿🙏🏿#RipRobbieMalinga
We had amazing times making the country dance, sing and fall in love you go out as the undisputed king of Magwerana!!! On form you’d killl us all Brown, Ntando, Sbu, Tk and anybody that tried. Forever grateful for the laughs and the music #RIPRobbieMalinga— Andile Ncube (@AndileNcube) December 25, 2017