Death of Ricardo stops the music
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Legendary Cape singer and I Love You Daddy hitmaker Ricardo Groenewald became one of the many South African artists to die this year after he passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 43.
The death of Ricardo, who was battling stage 4 lymphatic cancer, came just three days after his son performed his hit song, I Love You Daddy, at a special benefit concert for him at the His Grace Performing Arts Centre in Parow last Sunday.
The Rockets Band leader Jerry Watt, with whom Ricardo cut teeth as a singer in the 1980s, said naturals like Ricardo came once in a lifetime. “He possessed a rare, natural voice. His hit was recorded all over the world, including South America.
“He really put the country on the map. He was the first youngster to sing with Stevie Wonder (in 1989).”
Tributes are pouring in from around the world and from President Jacob Zuma and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Family spokesman Julian Claassen said: “His fans keep on calling and sending messages of support via social media.”
Cape Town-based SA Music Promoters Association member China Mpololo urged artists to carry on his legacy.
Ricardo became a singing sensation at the age of 8 with his group, Ricardo and Friends, and as the voice of the hit 1987 Father’s Day song, I Love You Daddy.
Ricardo was admitted to the Tygerberg Hospital on Tuesday and died the next day.