South Africa's jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, is dead.

Masekela died on Tuesday at the age of 78 after battling prostate cancer for the past 10 years.

The South African government announced his demise on its official Twitter page. 

Known as the father of South African jazz, the trumpet master turned the struggle against apartheid and experiences of ordinary South Africans into songs that touch the soul.

Masekela's 1986 "Bring Him Back Home" song, written for Nelson Mandela, became an anthem of the 1980s anti-apartheid movement.

The artiste who was a Grammy-nominee toured with Paul Simon and was a major player on the jazz and world music scene for decades.

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His family said he died in Johannesburg peacefully and surrounded by relatives. 

"A loving father, brother, grandfather and friend, our hearts beat with profound loss," the family said in a statement released by his agents Dreamcatcher.

"Hugh's global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre, and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across six continents and we are blessed and grateful to be part of a life and ever-expanding legacy of love, sharing and vanguard creativity that spans the time and space of six decades. Rest in power beloved, you are forever in our hearts," the statement said.

Enjoy the Bring Him Back Home song.