Nigerian-American singer Zara Gretti- real name Margaret Mary Joseph, has passed away.
The 28-year-old popularly known for her hit ‘Abokoku’ lost a long running battle with Multiple sclerosis.
The neurological condition affects the nerves of the brain and spinal cord, leading to problems with muscle movement, balance and vision.
The singer was very open about her battle with the disease, often taking to social media to share her feelings with fans.
Earlier this month, she posted a video on her instagram page which showed the singer walking and dancing last year. She told fans:
September 2013 feels like a dream. Please help me make my dream come true. I’m back to not walking or sleeping. I refuse to make music until I am WELL. Be the God of my life. GTB bank Nigeria Margaret-Mary Joseph Acct no 0138880599.
Her family are yet to release an official statement confirming the news, but celebrities have already taken to social media to express their grief with Davido, Basket Mouth and Weird MC all paying tributes to the star.