I Love You Daddy singer dies

By Drum Digital
26 November 2015

By Khosi Biyela

Eighties child star Ricardo Groenewald has lost his battle with cancer. He was reportedly in hospital for the past two months.

However, on Tuesday he was admitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.

Ricardo, well-known for his 1987 hit song I Love You Daddy, was 43.

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Two months before his death the singer spoke in an exclusive interview with the Daily Voice about his illness.

He told the newspaper that his legs had started to feel numb.

“From my symptoms I’ve been suffering from laziness in my legs, but my voice is still in perfect condition.”

He also revealed the overwhelming support from his family, friends and church.

He said, “I want to thank everyone, including my senior pastor at the House of Mercy Julian Claasen who has been visiting me every day.”

The crooner, who was born in the small Eastern Cape town of Humansdorp, shot to fame at the age of eight.

He started singing when he was only five.

His death comes three days after a special benefit concert was held in his honour at the Grace Performing Arts Centre in Cape Town.

The concert was organised by his friends and his 11-year-old son performed his dad’s mega hit.

I Love You Daddy earned him an opportunity to perform with Stevie Wonder on the Children of The World Tour in 1989.

He didn’t have any other hit beyond the ’87 one, but he did release three gospel albums thereafter.

Ricardo leaves behind his wife Helen and their three children.

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