The 40-year-old, who is a member of the award-winning group Big Nuz, confirmed speculations of being unwell after he was admitted to Kings Edwards Hospital, Durban.
In the statement released by Afrotainment, it reads…
“This is a public notification by Afrotainment, a record label based in Durban, KZN, South Africa. This statement serves as a notification to the Public, Media, Promoters and Big Nuz fans about businessman and artist, Mandla Maphumulo,” read the release, which was posted on the Afrotainment Instagram page.
“The star, affectionately known as Mampintsha, from multi-award-winning group Big Nuz, suffered a minor stroke a week ago upon his return from a performance with Big Nuz.
“He is currently in hospital receiving medical attention and is under doctors observation.”
The family has asked that the public and media respect their privacy during this time. The statement also added: “We ask that you keep him in your prayers. Afrotainment wishes him a speedy recovery, and we cannot wait for him to rock our stages again.”
Fans first began questioning and gossiping about Mampintsha’s health when images of him looking uncharacteristically lean and slim first emerged on the internet a few months ago. He shut down those rumours by insisting that he was merely eating healthier and exercising.
The statement further confirmed that Mampintsha was later transferred to Durdoc Hospital in Durban Central.
Mampintsha is married to Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane. They also have a child together, affectionately known as Sponge.
Fans and colleagues have poured their support and prayers wishing the artist a quick recovery.