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2012-06-12 08:19
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Cape Town - Afrikaans singer and songwriter Christa Steyn died on Monday after a long battle with cancer, reports Beeld.

Steyn, who was diagnosed with breast and liver cancer a year ago, died at around 20:30 on Monday at her house in Pretoria.

Her son Douw and daughter Magdeleen Grobler were at her side.

A few days ago, Steyn reportedly asked close friend Coenie de Villiers to cut his Cape Town trip short to come and say goodbye to her.

De Villiers told Beeld on Monday that he's sad, but that he's not "concerned about where she is tonight".

"We always laughed a lot, through the cancer. She was an unbelievable inspiration," De Villiers added.

Tributes started pouring in on social networks Facebook and Twitter minutes after the singer's death.

Steve Hofmeyr tweeted late on Monday: "Jammer Christa Steyn. RIP. Ons sal jou nooit vergeet nie. Groetnis aan Lucas." (Sorry Christa Steyn. RIP. We will never forget you. Say hi to Lucas.)

Steyn would have celebrated her 54th birthday on 15 June.

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