King 98 Loses Father

He was King's biggest fan.

By  | Jan 04, 2021, 09:19 AM  | King 98  | Drama

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2021 seems to be starting off on a sad note as one of Zim hip-hop's superstars loses his father. Thompson Kangamwirai Dondo who is the father of Ngonidzashe "King 98" Dondo is said to have passed on in the early hours.

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He succumbed to a short illness which was initially rumoured to be Covid-19 but it is now said to have been Kidney Failure. Mr Dondo was the CEO of Impala Car Rental and also said to have been the company's owner. Thompson Dondo was a successful entrepreneur cum show promoter among his other accolades.

A statement from the company said;

“It is with great sadness that Impala Car Rental announces the passing on of its CEO, Thompson Kangamwirai Dondo. He succumbed to kidney failure in the early hours of the 2nd of January 2021. He is survived by his wife Matirasa Dondo, his three children Ruvarashe, Ngonidzaishe and Mudiwa. Funeral arrangements to be advised in due course.”
Mr Dondo is said to have been a diabetes patient for some time and reports from close sources claim that this adversely affected his health. Dondo over the last few weeks hogged the limelight after it emerged that he was a fugitive from Justice in the UK allegations he denied to 263 Chat.

Thompson Dondo had long been an important figure in King 98’s music career. Powered by the support of his father especially financially, the 22-year-old King 98 had amassed collaborations with Davido, Nasty C and Diamond Platinumz. In an interview last year King 98 talked about the relationship between him, his dad and his music:

“For me, music is a passion. I have always been doing this since I was 13 and I kept it a secret from my father. He only got to know after Casper Nyovest told him.

“Look at me, I have just released my first album and my next shows are in Zambia and Mozambique. My dad neither writes nor compose music for me. It is God’s plan for me to have him around me, it is a blessing because I need financial support from him,” he said.

“People should judge me according to my music, yes it’s cool my dad is there but let us focus on music,” said the artist.

We are sending our thoughts and prayers to King 98 and his family in this difficult time. We hope God comforts them.
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