Sixto Rodriguez died at the age of 81, it was announced this Wednesday, August 9, 2023. What did he die of?

He had known the light late. Singer Sixto Rodriguez died on Wednesday, August 9, 2023. His passing was announced in a statement posted on his website. Aged 81, his health had been “declining” for several months, according to Le Monde, which recalls that he had become blind. This American released, during his career, only two albums during the 1970s, lived in ignorance of his success thousands of kilometers from his home, South Africa: there, these titles are taken up in the fight against apartheid and legend has it that “Sugar Man” set himself on fire or committed suicide on stage.

At the time, thanks to concert promoters, he still managed to give concerts in New Zealand and Australia. He knows nothing of his status in South Africa. He only discovered it at the end of the 1990s, when a man managed to find her in the country of Uncle Sam. Africans.

A film, Sugar Man, retraced the singular story of this singer in 2013, resulting in a belated popularity for Sixto Rodriguez who had then started tours after the release of the documentary. The latter had been awarded the Oscar for best documentary film in 2013. All over the world, Sixto Rodriguez gave concerts during the last decade. What to take advantage, at least for a few years, of a celebrity that he has known only partially.