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‘I took the vaccine’: L’vovo addresses Twitter claims following stroke

Kwaito artist L’vovo (real name Thokozani Ndlovu) has opened up about the mini stroke he suffered the day before his friend and fellow musician Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo passed away.

The Bayang’sukela hitmaker suffered a stroke while he was performing at the Ndwendwe Music Festival on 23 December 2022, which is the day before Mampintsha — who had also suffered a stroke — died.


Following news of Big Nuz member Mampintsha’s passing and L’vovo’s hospitalisation, social media was abuzz with claims the COVID-19 vaccine may have been the cause.

For days tweeps debated whether or not the KZN-born artists were vaccinated, especially after L’vovo had appeared to be a very vocal anti-vaxxer on social media before later sharing snaps of himself getting vaccinated.

Speaking to Drum on Wednesday 4 Janaury, L’vovo confirmed that he indeed vaccinated but did not attribute his stroke to the vaccine.

“A lot has been said when people learned that I had a stroke, vaccines were mentioned, I took the vaccines, but I don’t know for sure if it is the cause of the stroke,” he said.

The 42-year-old musician said that doctors told him his blood pressure (BP) was high.   “People never took into account that we live on the road and what we eat is not healthy and we do not enough rest in-between performances.

I was told that my BP is too high, my sleeping routines, and the workload because sometimes you do five gigs in one night. You end up not getting enough rest and the type of food we eat on the road is not healthy and the time we eat affects our diets as artists,” L’vovo explained.

He was discharged on Friday 30 December which is the day Mampintsha was laid to rest.


HIM  L’vovo also revealed that he had visited Mampintsha in hospital the day before he also fell ill.  “I think what affected me when I ended up in the hospital was that I was with Mampintsha the previous day, and when I was driving to the festival for my performance, I learned that he passed away and that triggered me.

He was someone that I spoke to every day, he was my friend, not just someone I know through music. While I was on stage I had so many things going on in my mind,” he says.

In addition, he said that he will honour his friend through music, also revealing that he was working with Big Nuz and DJ Tira before Mampintsha passed“I will allow time to get me to a better place in letting my friend go and accepting that he has passed on and not asking God why he took him away.

“I will honour him with music, Mampintsha loved music, he was music and for us to keep giving the fans music will be something that he would want for us.

I was busy working on my EP with Big Nuz and Tira and that will be my focus, the show must go on because wherever he is, he will be happy to know that we are working on our new music.”

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