Dancehall musician Sandra Gazi, popularly known as Lady Squander, on Thursday caused panic among her family members, friends and fellow artists after a Whatsapp message from her mobile phone indicated she had died.
“Lady Squander was found dead yesterday after she drank rat poison. May her soul Rest in Peace, we love you girl,” read the message delivered to most of her contacts.
Some relatives, music promoters and musicians rushed to her place in Chitungwiza and the family was in a state of shock as they failed to locate her.
Her mobile phone had been switched off as people gathered to pay their condolences.
A female voice that answered her phone when it was switched on confirmed Lady Squanda had died adding relatives were at Chitungwiza hospital processing a burial order.
“People have gone to the hospital to arrange burial papers, but arrangements will be made today,” said the voice.
Lady Squanda stays with her grandparents and one of the family elders said they were shocked to hear the news before realising that she was at her friend’s house in Manyame Park.
“What surprised me is that the message had spread to some relatives who had gathered here convinced she had died. We later realised she was well in Manyame Park after calling her friend,” her grandmother who identified herself as Anna said.
Another Dancehall musician Freeman said he was shocked to receive the message before he went to Chitungwiza.
“I saw the message and rushed to Chitungwiza only to discover she was alive,” said Freeman.
Lady Squanda’s ex-husband DJ Staera said he also panicked at hearing the news.
“When I tried to confirm the death I was told she was unconscious at Chitungwiza Central Hospital and I almost went there,” said DJ Staera.
“I then called her grandmother and she told me Squanda was playing games and was alive at a friend’s house. She has been acting awkward over the last few days.”
A local promoter Jekie Dzambatsa said he was shocked to hear the news on Thursday early in the morning.
“A text message came to me asking about our gig in Dzivaresekwa but soon after a second message came saying Lady Squanda was no more,” he said.
Lady Squanda was not reachable for comment as her mobile phone was not reachable. It is the second time in a week that she has attracted controversy. Last weekend she abandoned a show midway as she struggled to perform. She was visibly drunk.