Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott lead tributes to jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela

Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott lead tributes to jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, who fought against apartheid, has died at the age of 78 and many have paid tribute to him, including Labour figureheads Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott.

Masakela's family released a statement which said he had a "protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer."

It added that he "passed peacefully" in Johannesburg "surrounded by his family."

Masekela was known globally for his Afro-Jazz sound and songs such as Soweto Blues, which became linked to the anti-apartheid movement, according to the BBC.

Many tributes have poured out for the musician, including from Jacob Zuma, the South African President, who released a statement which said his passing is "an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large."

Others have posted their thoughts on Twitter, including the Labour leader who said "his courage, words and music inspired me."

Meanwhile shadow home secretary Abbott said she's "very sad" to hear the news.

Take a look at the reaction below