Decorated journalist and Herald Lifestyle Editor Godwin Muzari (40) has died. According to a tweet by fellow journalist Blessed Mhlanga it would appear Muzari committed suicide.
Muzari was found dead at his Retreat, Waterfalls, residence in a suspected case of suicide. His elder brother, Bishop Israel Muzari, confirmed the death.
Bishop Muzari said he last spoke to his younger brother on Monday.
“He told me a number of personal and confidential issues, but I did not know that it would come to this. We did not see him from Monday and neither were we aware of his whereabouts until yesterday when I decided to check on him at his home. That was when I saw him hanging in a room,” said Bishop Muzari.
He described his younger brother as a cheerful person. “He was always jovial and we will dearly miss him,” he said.
Born in Harare in 1980, Muzari was the last born in a family of seven. He went to Hondo School in Mount Darwin for his primary and secondary education before attending St Francis Magwenya in Mashonaland Central for his Advanced Level studies. He then enrolled at Midlands State University from where graduated with a Media and Society Studies degree in 2005.
In 2006, he joined Zimpapers as an intern before he became an Entertainment Reporter until 2009 when he briefly left to join Alpha Media Holdings. Muzari returned as Entertainment Editor of The Herald in 2013, a position he held until his untimely death.
He is survived by a wife and three children.
Devastated to hear that journalist Godwin Muzari is no more. Not only one of our best music writers, but one with a big heart. This is him with Gogo Dembo in 2017, when our Leonard Dembo Fan Club visited her after a touching story he’d written on her. RIP Goddie 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/mqXmeJtjmJ
— Ranga.🇿🇼 (@RangaMberi) September 18, 2020
— Dhara Blessed Mhlanga (@bbmhlanga) September 18, 2020
Was there something I could have said or done?
My brother #GodwinMuzari clearly masked a troubled soul. I tried to be a professional, moral and spiritual pillar. Real tragedy is that newsrooms and some families are ill-equiped to deal with mental health issues. #RIP, Godfather. pic.twitter.com/l2DHWiN6Ff
— Tichaona Zindoga (@TichZindoga) September 18, 2020
— Silence Charumbira (@SilenceCharumb1) September 18, 2020