The late comedian Lazarus “Gringo” Boora died a grateful man.
The actor was admitted at Westview Clinic Zimre Park following the deterioration of his health last week and his Dr Johannes Marisa had said if all goes well he be discharged in seven days.
But fate had other ideas.
Gringo died around 9am yesterday morning after fake social media rumours had announced his death on Sunday.
Dr Marisa had dismissed the rumours as fake news.
On Saturday, H-Metro talked to the veteran actor while on his hospital bed and he gave credit to God, expressing optimism that he will survive and live to see another day.
“I wish I could recover, it can only be God, he is the healer, and I have changed.
“Mwari ndewemunhu wese because I was close to death and if you give me time, I can walk from here to there but when I came to hospital ndaingovavo chimunhu chakangodaro.
“I am seeing changes from how I came here, ipapa Mwari haasi kuda kutendwa zvedambe ka, akuda kutendwa chaizvoizvo.
“When I was at home I did not think I will be talking like what I am doing now.
“I was in pain. Some people even said they will help me, but some people always have rubbish claims, they are there to change everything from what has been said.
“Vanotaura nepasipo, but they will be pushing each other, iwe ndiwe wakonzeresa izvi, zvaunoona zvisina maturo, ndivanasatan vanenge vachingotaura,” he said.
“So some of these things, I keep quiet and ignore what we see on the social media.
“I still have a problem, but if I eat hot food, I can eat well, tiri kuwirirana chaizvo, ndoda kuti ndikamuka makuseni paya ndoti kachu kachu.
“Sadza I can eat but it’s disturbing me,’ said the actor.
Gringo also spoke about the arts industry and the plight of artists in his last interview. He felt not enough was being done to support the artistes before, during and after their careers.
“Since October, I have not done much and during Covid-19, I went kumusha since I said this virus is not good, let me go and rest kumusha.
“The food that I got is finished and children want to go to school, bills need to be paid.
“It’s not like when I am out of the hospital I will eat the bills . . . when I leave this place, I need to provide for the family.
“So I see that our arts leaders, you are letting us down, we are doing great in the industry. For there to be any function, hakuna kusingasvike artist and for the function to be exciting there has to be an artist,” he said.
Gringo said the industry needs to do more so that the artists’ welfare improves.
Dr Marisa, who is also the chairperson of the Medical and Dental Private Practitioners of Zimbabwe Association, was there and said they will try to assist ailing artistes.
Deputy Minister Machakaire, who made a courtesy visit, said the ministry would continue working with various partners for the welfare of artists.
Many well-wishers had been chipping in to assist the comedian with National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, Government and Sekuru Banda among other helpers.
But, alas, we lost the fight. Gringo is no more.
Perhaps the help came a little too late. May the next artiste, as Gringo wished, get help in time.