Chiedza Brown’s body to be cremated in USA

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THE body of the late Chiedza Brown who died last week in Texas, United States will be cremated and the ashes flown to Zimbabwe for burial in Mberengwa, a close family member has said.

Chiedza, a blossoming mbira musician, was the daughter of late singers Chiwoniso Maraire and Andy Brown, whose remains are interred in Mutambara and Mberengwa respectively.

Andy Brown’s sister, Queen Mashie, said arrangements were currently being made for the processes.

“She will be cremated in the States and we will bring her ashes to go to Mberengwa,” Mashie said.

While other family members have remained tight-lipped on the funeral arrangements, Chiedza’a younger sister, Chengeto, also confirmed that the cremation process was underway.

“I begin my journey of accepting you are now with mom and dad. It is the hardest, most painful pill to swallow. Chiedza my love, if only you knew how much of me you took with you,” she posted on her Facebook wall.


The 15-year-old, who was living in Texas with her aunt, Tawona Maraire, committed suicide on September 12.

The family member has since requested privacy as they attempt to deal with the latest tragedy to befall the family.

The family announced the death through a statement which read: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Chiedza Brown has passed away tragically on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Chiedza was a loving daughter, sister, cousin and friend. She was a remarkable girl who touched the lives of everyone who met her.

“Chiedza was an accomplished singer, painter, and actress and had a true love and gift for playing the mbira that she learned from her mother.”-Newsday