Diamond Platnumz mourns Zari’s ex-husband Ivan Ssemwanga


Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz has mourned the death of her partner’s ex-husband, Ivan Ssemwanga.

Zari Hassan – Diamond Platnumz’s girlfriend – broke the sad news about Ssemwanga’s death on Thursday, May 25.

Ivan Ssemwanga, who was rushed to a South African hospital 11 days ago, reportedly succumbed to heart-related complications on Thursday morning, aged 39.

Zari Hassan took to her official Instagram page on Thursday, May 25, to write: “God loves those that are special and that’s exactly who you were and I guess that’s why he wanted you to himself.

“You have touched and helped thousands, you did wonders and I remember you telling me: “Life is too short let me live it to the fullest.”

“This very dark hour it makes sense why you always said those words to me. To your sons, you were a hero-some kind of superman.

Anyone who has ever been in your presence knows what a charming person you were.”

“You will be missed and remembered in so many ways. You were Ivan the great! Rest in peace Don.”

Besides thousands of fans who took to social media to condole with Zari Hassan, her partner, Diamond Platnumz, also wrote a moving message on his social media page.

He wrote on Instagram: “Mbele yako, nyuma yetu (You (Ivan) have gone to be with the Lord before us),” accompanying the message with a picture of a lit red candle.

The act of lighting a candle for someone indicates a person’s intention to say a prayer for another person.

And when the candle is red in colour, it communicates love toward the person that the candle was lit for. It could also communicate that the person, who the candle was lit for, is or was a courageous person.

Zari Hassan and Ivan Ssemwanga, who broke up in November, 2014 have three sons together.


In a previous interview with Tanzanian media, Diamond Platnumz said he had no serious differences with Ivan Ssemwanga.

This remark came after a photo of Zari visiting Ivan Ssemwanga in hospital surfaced online, prompting fans to seek his comment regarding Zari’s gesture.

“People fail to understand; Ivan was ailing, and his ailment was very serious. I think I was among the first people to know about Ivan’s condition. Despite having that information, I could not go to social media to tell fans that I knew about Ivan’s condition. Zari Hassan and Ivan Ssemwanga have three children together. She has all the rights of visiting him in hospital just to get to know how he is doing,” said Diamond Platnumz.

“Imagine if she fails to visit Ivan in hospital, then even my family will be doubtful of how she will treat me if a situation, where I am bedridden, occurs. We have to nurture a tradition of helping and supporting each other regardless of our differences.”


“Ivan and I have not had serious differences. It is his colleagues who often create the rift between him and I. And when there are differences between Ivan and I, I do not treat them as a battle. We fall out to make it known to each other of what we approve of and what we do not approve of. People, who are intelligent, know when and how to amicably solve a fall-out.”



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