According to an interview he had in July, Sfiso revealed that he fell into a serious bout of depression after receiving public criticism for the gift.
“I wanted to die and I didn’t care how I would end my life,” Sfiso said.
His wife and pastor prayed for him to get through the dark days.
”They told me that being suicidal was not the answer to whatever issues I had. While we were praying, I heard the voice of God telling me that I would pass this stage and be victorious again. I regained my strength and held my head high, and this is when I started believing in myself again,” Sfiso said.
However, the star’s health problems continued earlier this year when the star was hospitalised with a bad bout of malaria. His wife Ayanda took to social media to ask fans to pray for her husband’s recovery.
“As you sleep tonight, please put Sfiso in your prayers, he caught malaria while he travelled to Musina a week ago. We are trusting the great physician doctor Jesus for healing,” Ayanda wrote at the time.
Sfiso died in a Johannesburg hospital on Monday after suffering from kidney failure.
The gospel star is mourned by his family and the nation at large.