By Ronnie Chisamba
South African-based Afro-jazz musician and business entrepreneur Precious Hanya (38) – aka Mr. P – has said the death of popular comedian Gringo (real name Lazarus Boora) is a big loss to the country’s arts industry.
The statement was part of Mr. P’s condolence message to the Boora family and the nation.
“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the Boora family and the people of Zimbabwe on the passing on of Gringo. May the bereaved find solace in the Lord.
“Gringo was immensely talented. He was and will always be a source of inspiration. It pains that he was unable to afford his medical bills when the ailment he succumbs to befell him. Gringo’s sad predicament exposes the county’s arts industry’s inability to sustain the livelihoods of those who commit and dedicate their lives to its growth.
“If great talent – an exceptional natural ability to do something – can not enable an individual to lead an admirable and honest life, then what can?” bemoaned Mr. P during an online interview this morning.
Gringo (47) died yesterday morning at Westview Clinic in Harare. He rose to fame at the dawn of this millennium as the main character in a televised drama which was produced by Enock Chihombori.