Wednesday, 25 November 2015 23:16

Ricardo, singer of Father's Day anthem 'I Love You Daddy' dies

Written by Ryan Swano
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Ricardo Groenewald, the singer of the song which South Africans probably consider the world's best ever Father's Day anthem, "I Love You Daddy",  has lost his brief battle with cancer and passed away on Wednesday 25 November.

Born in Humansdorp, Ricardo began singing at the age of five and at the tender age of eight, he released "I Love You Daddy" which made him a household name.
In 1989, he performed alongside Stevie Wonder on the Children Of The World Tour.
He made his last public appearance on Sunday, at a packed hall at the His Grace Performing Arts Centre in Parow, where friends in the music industry including the likes of Jonathan Rubain, Ameen “Rappin Donkey” Levy and Zoe Zana performed at a special benefit concert held for him.
Seated in a wheelchair, Ricardo smiled broadly when his 11-year-old son, Rick-lynn, performed "I Love You Daddy".

On Tuesday evening contributor Rozanno Davids who also assists with organisations like Bandaid and the Western Cape Musicians Association, called me to say he was on his way to the hospital where Ricardo has again been admitted as his condition had suddenly deteriorated. We then talked of doing an article updating our readers about the changes in his condition and also to report back on the benefit concert held on Sunday, not knowing that we would be reporting about his passing today.

Mentored in his younger years by the legendary Al Etto whose life we paid tribute to on our pages in 2013, Ricardo has not only been a fantastic child star with his hits like "I Love You Daddy" and "Julia" but became quite a crooner in later years and eventually become a reknowned Gospel artist who performed alongside some of Cape Town's best Gospel artists in the last few years of his life and also recording exclusively gospel albums.

The music industry has not only lost a talented artist but Ricardo had a beautiful personality that endeared him to friends and fans alike. More than that, he was a family man.
Ricardo is survived by his wife Helen and their three children.
We at extend our sincerest condolences to his family.

We will attempt to keep you updated about any arrangements for a public memorial service and tribute events in honour of Ricardo on our Facebook Page and in our Newsletter.

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