Max ‘Chief’ Mjamba‚ a close friend and mentor to Tsekeleke‚ has described the musician’s painful death and how he begged for the end as doctors were forced to continue amputating parts of his body‚ as a result of debilitating diabetes.
Mixon Tholo known to many as Fatty Boom Boom or Tsekeleke knew this was going to be his “end.” In October last year he said he would rather choose death than have to amputate his right leg. Doctors had warned amputation was a strong possibility after his diabetes had led to peripheral artery disease (PAD)‚ which restricts blood flow to the feet and legs.
But it was the very thing he feared that ultimately came true. His mentor‚ Chief‚ told TshisaLIVE that Tsekeleke was admitted to hospital last year to have his toes amputated. He then had to have a second procedure where doctors kept “moving up” as the PAD continued to affect the body. It was his third procedure that really hurt.
“He was crying and screaming like a baby‚” said Chief.
Tsekeleke spent the last two months in hospital and it was during this time that he said the “pain was too much.” He had a fourth amputation on Monday and it was to be his final one.
“There was nothing more to cut. There was nothing more to amputate‚” explained Chief.
He was immediately rushed to ICU and a day later‚ surrounded by family and friends‚ took his last breath.
“He was the breadwinner for the family. He brought in money through his recordings and performances. He was connected to tubes and couldn’t communicate but he was aware of his surroundings.”
Although death was expected‚ the family are still shaken. Tsekeleke had been through the most‚ going through his worst fear and was still alive.
“When he spoke of death I tried to discourage him. You don’t want to talk about things like that. He said he must go. It was too much… the pain‚ he said‚ was too much‚” Chief told TshisaLIVE.