Famous Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango has died of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.
He announced last week that he had caught the disease which has claimed over 15,000 people worldwide.
“He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” his music publisher Thierry Durepaire said.
Manu”s Family wrote on his twitter page “It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of @ManuDibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19. Your music will always stay with us”. #ManuDibango #RIP #SoulMakossa
A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted COVID-19.
“His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible,” the message said.
He was 86.