In early 2011, he sought medical help for the motor neuron disease that had developed and none was forthcoming locally. A decision was made to fly to Beijing, China where he hoped he would get treatment.
He came back in June, but his condition had not improved. He went back the following month and was adamant that he would not return to Zimbabwe until he got better.
Several trips by members of his family to China in a bid to convince Prince Tendai to come back home as they saw that his condition was not improving, failed.
It took his elder brother, Amos Mupfurutsa, to finally make the difficult trip that convinced Tendai to come back home.
On Tuesday December 27, 2011, he arrived home and 10 hours later, he was no more. What a tragedy!
Tendai will be remembered forever for his wonderful contribution and lasting commitment to the music industry.
Fred Zindi is a Professor at the University of Zimbabwe. He is also a musician, a music producer and an author of several books on music.