44-year-old singer, songwriter, TV personality and first African Barbie, “Lira” Molapo, has suffered a stroke. The beloved South African’s family shared the news on social media today.

Lira suffered a stroke in Germany whilst performing there. Her ability to communicate, particularly her speech, has been impacted, the statement reads. “She is currently undergoing treatment in South Africa, led by the best medial team available.”

Her medical team has advised that her journey to recovery will require patience and therefore, it is unlikely that she will be able to perform in the short term. “That said, Lira is in good spirits and is surrounded by her loving family and close friends as she journeys towards a full recovery.”

“We thank you all in advance for your prayers, support, kindness, and utmost sensitivity and consideration during this very challenging time in her life. Let there be light!” concludes the statement.

Get well soon, Lira!

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