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Former Studio 263 actress Pretty Xaba’s body is expected in the country today from India. Xaba (49) died last Saturday at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, where she was receiving treatment for cancer of the oesophagus which she was diagnosed with in July this year. She left for Indian last month.

In an interview with The Herald Entertainment, Pretty’s sister-in-law, Ruth Xaba, said they had managed as a family to raise the money to enable the boby be flown back home.

“At this juncture, as a family we felt that the country has helped us already and it is time for us to show our last respects and love to our sister and we managed to raise the money to bring her body home,

“As I am speaking right now, the body is at the parlour ready to be flown here and it is expected to arrive tomorrow (today),” she said.

She said as a family they are overwhelmed by the love that was shown by Zimbabweans to their relative.

“We would want to thank everyone who helped us during the time when our aunt was not well. We really appreciate the love shown by Zimbabweans, I cannot name them one by one because I might leave out some. We just pray that this will not end with us,” she said.

Her death has brought sorrow to a nation that had hoped for her recovery after a series of fund-raising events to finance her travel to India for treatment.

Co-ordinator of the “Let’s Help Pretty Xaba” campaign Taonga Mafundikwa said Pretty’s death was a big blow to the acting industry.

“It is really a sad loss to everybody. Everyone has their way of going one day, but it is sad that this is the way she had to go. She was a great person, an icon.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone who participated in the ‘Save Pretty Campaign’. I know we all would have loved to have a different result but this is how it has turned out,” he said.

Pretty received US$18 000 from Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries (PHD) founder Prophet Walter Magaya to supplement the US$2 400 raised by fellow artistes and a further US$1 900 donated by a women’s club Dare Remadzimai

Pretty hogged the limelight as the bubbly “NakaSithabile”, who starred as wife to the late Nevernay Chinyanga popularly known as Muwengwa in one of Zimbabwe’s most popular soapies, Studio 263.

She also featured in a number of local dramas including “Xola”, “Coliwe”, Tsitsi Dangarembga’s “I Want a Dress”, “Everyone”s Child” and “Lobola”.

She also had several roles in a number of radio productions and did educational videos for a number of organisations.

She is survived by two children – Hope (24) and Runyararo (18). Mourners are gathered at No. 42 Rayamm Avenue in Eastlea.

Source : The Herald