SA drummer dies after meningitis

2013-04-10 19:05
Cape Town – Southern Gypsey Queen drummer, Paul Wilson, died of a heart attack on Wednesday afternoon at Molteno Hospital, in the Eastern Cape

Rolling Stone reported that Wilson, 29, had been suffering from a serious case of meningitis, but had been expected to recover.

Last week the band had cancelled a performance at Kaktus op die Vlaktes at the KKNK because he was ill.

South African musician and songwriter Anton Goosen, tweeted: RIP Paul Wilson.

Radio and TV personality Elma Smit said: Wow. So sad. RIP Paul.


  • Squeegee Pilot - 2013-04-10 19:24

    RIP. We were told last week not to panic... How many people actually are ill at the moment?

  • Laurie Grobler - 2013-04-10 19:26

    Dear Paul we will miss you dearly.. Knew Paul from the beginning of the band. the healthiest fittest person ever .. what a shock .. My thoughts to your family in molteno

  • Nols Combrink - 2013-04-10 19:43

    Gareth and Tammy my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  • Liz Rudy - 2013-04-10 19:44

    This is such a terribly sad loss. RIP and my condolences to Paul's family and friends

  • Charl Cornelissen - 2013-04-10 20:25

    Absolute tragic news. RIP Paul.

  • Nats Brown - 2013-04-10 20:49

    What is it with drummers this year? Lost my own this January age 39, also heart attack. RIP man, condolences to family and friends

  • Marion Brown - 2013-04-10 21:04

    Why was he not transferred to a bigger centre? Molteno hospital is tiny and has no specialist physicians, although the medical staff there did their best I am sure. A helicopter could have taken him to East London or Bloemfontein in an hour.

      Loit Sols - 2013-05-03 17:26

      this is sad. i never knew the man but as a musician i always feel a deep sense of loss at the passing of a fellow-musician, even though i know we eventually wind up in the ultimate good dimension - of that i am certain without a shred of doubt. my condolences to Paul's family, friends and band colleagues. drum on Paul, drum on fellow-muso...

  • Jacques Prins - 2013-04-11 04:37

    Rip my friend. You were a role model to us all

  • Sheilan - 2013-04-11 07:52

    :( RIP

  • Herbert Adler - 2013-04-11 08:37

    What a Shock...terribly sad, he will be missed, condolences to the Family and Band.

  • Claire Ran - 2013-04-11 10:51

    OMG - I didn't realise it was him when I saw the news yesterday..... So sad :(

  • Carri-Anne Parker - 2013-04-12 13:36

    RIP Paul. Condolances to his family and band members. xxxx

  • Donne Kemsley - 2013-04-13 18:44

    I saw them perform a few times and absolutely loved their music. I have just received the news, all the way in England and am devastated. Paul was such an amazing musician and brilliant entertainer, besides being unbelievably good looking. I admire him for his witness as a christian. I am praying for his family, wife and band. Kind Regards, Fan, Donné

  • Peasant McPoor - 2013-05-17 14:21

    I know another guy who has brain damage from meningitus. Seriously educate urself with the symptoms of this as it could save your life...oh and get medical aid cause that could also save ur life!

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