The singer died at Garden City Hospital in Mayfair, Johannesburg after being ill for some time. David was originally from Hammarsdale Townhsip in Durbn, KZN.
His daughter, Sthe (29), said his death happened unexpectedly.
“My father was not seriously ill, In June he even went to perform at Eastern Cape that is when he catched cold flu and collapsed on stage, since then he was hospitalised but we hoped he would recover,” Sthe told ZAlebs.
David’s memorial service will be held at Mpumalanga FET college in Hammarsdale, and the funeral will take place on Sunday at Emalangeni cemetery in Durban.
He leaves behind his son, Siphamandla, and two daughters, Mbali and Sthe. His wife died in 2009.
Fellow musician Phuzekhemisi said he last spoke with David in Port Elizabeth.
“There was a festival at PE in March where we were performing, he didn’t look well but I thought he would recover very soon. On that day we joked and teased each other, it really shocked me to hear that he is no more, we would never get used to death. I had a good relationship with David, we come from a long way as musicians. I will attend his funeral when the family has set the date,” Phuzekhemisi said.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo also passed their condolences through their manager, Xolani Majozi, as the group is currently overseas.
“Ladysmith Black Mambazo members are still in disbelief. Last month they recorded two songs with Soul Brothers. We had also planned for them to perform at Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s 55 years upcoming concert. We were really looking forward to continue working with them, we are very heartbroken to have received such bad news,” Majozi said.