SA radio stalwart Robin Alexander dies

2012-01-04 12:33

Johannesburg - Veteran radio personality Robin Alexander, famed for his line "brrright eyed and bushy tailed" died at his home in Parktown North, Johannesburg, early on Wednesday at the age of 73, his wife Ros said.

"I kept saying what's wrong and he said, 'I'm having chest pains'," Ros said.

Zest for life

He died at 00:05 of a heart attack. His son Ross said his father had been retired for just over 10 years and had had a "huge zest for life".

His parents travelled a lot and loved spending time at their home in Shaka's Rock on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

"He loved being on the beach," said Ross.

"He was also extremely busy, spending time doing lunches, breakfasts with friends, always doing something on the house."

The family had spent Christmas and New Year together. Besides his wife Ros and son Ross, he also leaves a son Robbie and six grandchildren.


  • milanrenaud - 2012-01-04 13:01

    Long live the "Lion of Orion"! Condolences to Ros and the boys.

      Andre - 2012-01-04 15:30

      Af duim, jy het seker nie eers die man geken nie, ek se eerder niks verder nie, RIP!!!!

      milanrenaud - 2012-01-04 17:56

      Andre- Actually I did, back in the old days. They lived in Craighall Park. Ros ran Pirates gym in Parkhurst. Suck your thumb some more.

      Gerda - 2012-01-04 22:49

      milanrenaud - Andre did not comment on your blog - he was reacting on the moron that down thumbed your comment.

      milanrenaud - 2012-01-05 06:26

      Ahh, so! Me no speak Afrikaans very good. Apologies for the misinterpretation! Grovel, grovel.

  • Ian - 2012-01-04 13:18

    Robin's company on the radio kept me on many a night doing guard duty in the army. A loss to South Africa ! Rest in peace !

      jannie.debeer - 2012-01-04 13:58

      minister van middernag sake

  • Vickers - 2012-01-04 13:37

    There goes a great man. I for one will miss him.

  • Roland - 2012-01-04 14:41

    Rest in peace - you were a legend. Condolences to the family.

  • Marc - 2012-01-04 15:51

    Very sad news. He represented a standard of presenter and quality of English barely heard on the air thesedays.

      ozzie.oz1 - 2012-01-04 17:51

      So very true Marc57. Presenting is not what it used to be unfortunately. Everything is too - if I may use the expression "slapgat"!

  • herman.booysen - 2012-01-04 16:10

    How fondly we remember his joking referral to himself as "mevrou Alexander se jongste en mooiste". He will be sadly missed by thousands.

  • Jdcptza - 2012-01-04 16:25

    I remember as a youngster listening to the Minister of Midnight Affairs on radio Orion (I think it was radio Orion), i was in junior school then.Rest in Peace, and condolences to those left behind.

      esmeraldap1 - 2012-01-04 20:27

      Hi yes it was Radio Orion

  • Pat - 2012-01-04 16:33

    His ability to converse in English and Afrikaans was so fluid, and I will always remember when he Read the Horses Prayer at the Indoor show still brings tears to my heart. Also all his stories of he "Mossie" family living at his house Pat

      ivan.oberholzer - 2012-01-05 10:41

      Pat, the Horses Prayer; would you be able to remember it or know where one can get a copy ! Robin RIP.

  • Jenny - 2012-01-04 16:44

    my heart is broken RIP Robin my love to you Ross , Robbie , Ross and family xxxxx

  • Jenny - 2012-01-04 16:55

    Dear Ros, Robbie and Ross, my condolences on the passing of a great man, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Number 3 (Michael Jones)

  • Angeleyes58 - 2012-01-04 17:00

    Yes, I remember him so well, RIP my friend. Condolences to Ros and the family. Also known as "die minister van middernag sake" won't be forgotten.

  • Christopher - 2012-01-04 17:52

    One of the good guys. A real gentleman. RIP

  • Garth Whittaker - 2012-01-04 19:35

    A most amazing and wonderull coleague Robin was a remarkable broadcastor and I have fond memories of chatting to him "down the line" whilst sitting in the Radio Port Natal studio in SABC Durban waiting to go live at 5am after the all night service and Robin signed off. Rest in peace my dear friend. To Ross and family I feel your pain be strong. Garth Whittaker

  • esmeraldap1 - 2012-01-04 20:23

    A voice I so clearly remember........An Absolute Gentleman.....I listen to Robin many a night giving good advice and listening to many callers who were in distress giving so much of himself. My deepest Sympathy to his family and also thank you for sharing such an awesome person with us. God grant you strength in this time of sadness.

  • jaco.vandervyver - 2012-01-04 21:54

    Radio Orion and Rrrrobin Alexanderrr will forever be part of my memories while studying in the 1980's at Stellenbosch. Will always remember that I had the opportunity to speak to him on air on behalf of a whole bunch of students in the res, all burning the midnight oil. He gave life to radio after midnight. My prayers be with his family.

      Zane - 2012-01-04 23:55

      I also listened to "Mev Alexander se jongste en mooiste seuntjie" as a student in the 1980's, in Durban. The memories of those nights will always remain warm. I remember how Robin used to read out the weather forecast at 00H30 and when he read the temperature predictions for Durban he would always say "Lekker ou Durbs". I don't think I ever took note of the actual temperature, I just waited to hear that phrase. While I send sympathy to the Alexander family for your sad loss, I also see this as a celebration of a beautiful life. Thank you, Robin.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-01-05 07:00

    I hope News24 publishes a full obituary on Robin.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-01-05 11:57

    See you on the other side Robin. When I get there i'll look you up immediately, having akways been a great fan of yours.

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