The leader of the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe), Inkosi Vela Shembe has died, his spokesperson said on Friday.
"It was a natural death last night," said his spokesperson Nkululeko Mthethwa.
"He was not shot dead [as rumoured]."
He died in KwaZulu-Natal and Mthethwa said further details would be released soon.
The multi-million member church was just recovering from a lengthy leadership battle after Vimbeni Shembe died in March 2011.
More to follow.