Sam Mtukudzi, the son of the late legendary music icon Oliver Mtukudzi, died in a car crash in the early hours of Monday morning,March 15 2010.
Police confirmed that Sam and his sound engineer Owen Chimhare died on the spot after sustaining serious head injuries when their truck veered off the road and rammed into the right side of a bridge near the off ramp at Kuwadzana Extension.Â
The 21-year old singer and saxophonist was a passenger in the truck. Oliver, who was in South Africa when the accident happened, was said to be devastated.
The news of Sam’s death did not only robbed the Mtukudzi family, but took away one of the country’s rising music stars. Soon after he left school Sam went under his father’s wing, joining him on several overseas music tours.
Oliver spoke affectionately about how his son would continue his musical legacy after he had retired. Every show they did together was seen as a step forward in preparing him to eventually succeed his dad. Unfortunately fate had other plans.