The legendary South African singer Johnny Clegg dies.

Legendary South African singer Johnny clegg , who combined Zulu rhythms with Western styles and defied apartheid segregation, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, his manager said.

Johnny died (with) his family this afternoon after four and a half years of fighting cancer, manager Roddy Quinn he told a South African news channel.

It is with immense sadness that we confirmed that Johnny clegg succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of July 16, 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, Quinn added in a statement.

Johnny leaves deep traces in the hearts of all people who consider themselves African. He showed us what it was to assimilate and embrace other cultures without losing his identity. With his unique style of music, he crossed cultural barriers like few others. In many of us, it raised awareness.

Nicknamed the 'White Zulu' He dominated the language, culture and high kicks of the Zulu dance, forming multiracial bands in defiance of the segregationist laws of the apartheid era government that censored his work.

Clegg was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, but continued on tour and performed throughout the world.