Inspirational DJ, artist dies, aged 26

2011-06-06 10:44
Cape Town - Inspirational DJ and artist Leon Botha has died aged 26.

Botha was diagnosed with progeria at age 4, and is believed to have been one of the longest-surviving sufferers of the condition before his passing on Sunday.

Typically, sufferers of progeria, a rare genetic condition which causes the appearance of premature aging, live only to their teens.

Botha was known for both his DJ and artistic talent, notably appearing in the Enter the Ninja music video for rap group Die Antwoord.

Botha appeared in a television insert for actuality show Carte Blanche that focused on progeria.

While his Facebook page on Monday saw tributes from friends and fans, weblog BlaBla posted a quote attributed to Botha:

"I am aware that I might be the oldest person with this "condition" alive on this planet at the moment & if so, I really don’t care to know, or be labelled as such.

"I'm not really in contact with medical research or the [Progeria] foundation. It has been my choice not to be. This "condition" is so rare that it just draws way too much attention.

"I am too focused on living my life as it is, to constantly draw my energy or focus towards my physical "state". Just like any other human being, I don’t like to be reduced to a condition or a statistic & I sure as hell won’t end up on one of the photos to be paraded on websites to inspire pity & shit… wrong guy."

VIDEO: Chinese Water Torture (DJ Solarize/ Leon Botha)



  • James3000 - 2011-06-06 11:01

    Leon, I've watched your career over the last few years with great interest. You were really a hero in my eyes. I loved the fact that you realised your disease is so rare, that, objectively, it should not capture all the attention simply due to its extreme nature. That takes a deep maturity. I saw you play with Antwoord in Stellies, sho, you were awesome. Really an inspiration, puts all other trivialities into perspective, live your life, and live it large. Go well, Leon.

      Egg-Zachary - 2011-06-06 11:52

      Nicely said James! R.I.P!

      CB57 - 2011-06-06 12:07

      a moving tribute James and very well articulated. RIP Leon Botha.

  • Dani - 2011-06-06 11:14

    may his soul rest in peace.

  • SomeDumbC - 2011-06-06 11:28

    What an inspiration this man has been to the rest of us - he will always be remembered for his talent, courage and determination.

  • kidblack - 2011-06-06 12:11

    RIP son. you probably lived more in your short live than most dare to in their entire lives.

  • duits - 2011-06-07 12:17

    You were an inspiration to others younger than you. RIP

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