Legendary country singer Lance James dies

Legendary country singer Lance James dies

South African country music singer Lance James has died at the age of 82.

country singer lance james dies

James was admitted to hospital for a check up where he fell and broke his hip almost two months ago.


The legendary Afrikaans singer was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he passed away on Monday morning.


PR agent Lydia Winchester confirmed the news.


"It's very sad that we break this news that he passed away this morning at 11H30 at the hospital," says Winchester.


"He just went for tests for his heart then he fell and broke his hip and since then he's been in ICU."


Winchester adds the family and the music fraternity are devastated by the loss.


"Lance is leaving behind his two daughters, a granddaughter and two grandsons and his friend he had for many many years, he's been involved with her five years, Eunice."

With more than 50 years in the industry, James boasted a number of accolades including 2 ATKV Honorary Awards for his contribution to music in South Africa.

Affectionately known as "Big Daddy", James has also received a Beeld Award for contribution to Afrikaans music, a Solidarity Award for his contribution to music, 6 Sarie Awards, several awards for "Best Album of the Year", and a Life Time Achievement Award.

"Lance was one of the biggest, biggest legends in the South African music industry," says Winchester.

James will especially be remembered for one of his hits 'Dankie'.

"'Dankie' was his greatest hit that put him on the map many years ago. The people are going to miss him," says Winchester.


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