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Celebs pay tribute to Paul Wilson

2013-04-11 09:56
Cape Town - Close friends, peers and fans of Southern Gypsey Queen drummer Paul Wilson have taken to social media to pay tribute to one of South Africa's musical heroes.

Paul died of a heart attack on Wednesday afternoon at Molteno Hospital in the Eastern Cape after he had been suffering from a serious case of meningitis. According to Rolling Stone SA, he had been expected to recover from the illness.

The band was forced to pull out of their Kaktus op die Vlaktes performance at the KKNK due to Paul's illness.

Celebs pay tribute

News about Paul's sudden death broke early on Wednesday evening.

Twitter and Facebook has since been flooded with tributes for the late drummer and his family.

South African musician and songwriter Anton Goosen was one of the first celebrities to break the news on Twitter and Facebook:

Former Idols SA contestant and artist Jacques TerreBlanche also took to Twitter to share his condolences:

Top Billing presenter Janez Vermeiren also expressed his shock, writing:

Various peers and artists took time to pay tribute to Paul including fellow rock band Taxi Violence, The Parlotones lead singer Kahn Morbee, Tamara Dey of Flash Republic, Louise Carver, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren and Blues guitarist Dan Patlansky:

Paul is survived by his wife of five years Nicky Rodgers-Wilson and bandmates Gareth and Tammy Wilson.

Gareth, Paul's brother, took to Facebook early on Thursday morning to thank everybody for their messages.

"Thank you all so much for the love you have shown me and my family. Sorry we haven't been taking any calls but we are just not up to it yet, but the messages have been amazing and it makes my heart happy to know you all love Paulie so much."

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