President Yoweri Museveni and thousands of fans have paid glowing tributes to Ugandan musician Moses Ssekibogo, best known as Mowzey Radio, who died Thursday morning.
“The King is Gone,” the musician’s official Twitter account said.
Music promoter and one of Radio’s managers Balaam Barugahara told Ugandan’s New Vision at around 8:15 am local time that Radio breathed his last at Case Hospital in Kampala, where he had been hospitalized for the last ten days.
“Yes, Radio is gone. He died at 6:00 am this morning,” he said on phone. “They are preparing to transfer his body to Mulago Hospital.”
Radio was 33.
“Have been told about the untimely death of musician Moses Ssekibogo aka Mowzey Radio. I had only recently made a financial contribution towards his treatment and hoped he would get better. He was a talented young person with a great future ahead of him. May he rest in peace,” Museveni tweeted.
The music star, widely admired for his sensational voice, was a victim of an attack at a bar in Entebbe barely two weeks ago. The altercation left him with serious head injuries that necessitated a brain surgery at Case Hospital in Kampala.
Up until the time of his death Thursday morning, the Ugandan artiste, who sang alongside Douglas Mayanja, aka Weasel, in the Goodlyfe Crew, had remained in critical state at the health facility.
Radio’s death comes just days after his mother, Jane Kasubo, had told a press conference at Case Hospital that Radio’s condition was improving, as had been confirmed by doctors.
“My son has been on breathing with the help of machines, but now he can breathe on his own,” she told reporters last Friday. At the same press briefing, socialite Bryan White gave the family sh25m for Radio’s hospital bills.
Radio, famous for songs such as Heart Attack, Sweet Lady and Can’t Let You Go, was revered for his “heartwarming” and “lovely” voice by fans local and global alike.
Alongside Weasel, he made several collaborations with several musicians.
On Wednesday, Case Hospital said it had received sh30m from President Yoweri Museveni towards Radio’s hospital bills.
Radio has been a huge fan base in South Sudan and made a number of songs with South Sudanese musicians.