SA celebrities who passed away in 2019
Andile Gumbi. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
Our celebrities are
the backbone of the country’s entertainment industry, achieving unforgettable
milestones every year.
However, when tragedy
strikes, fans find themselves unexpectedly having to say goodbye to their favourite
These are the celebs who
passed on in 2019.
Known to many
for his prolific career in the field of journalism, veteran broadcast
journalist 44-year-old Xolani passed away on 1 November, following a two-year battle
with colon cancer. Aside from SABC News bulletins, Xolani's 24-year
career spanned across popular informative television and radio shows such
as SABC1’s Asikhulume, SABC3’s News Hour, as well as both SAfm and 702’s breakfast shows.
Popularly known for his
role as Zweli Ngubane in Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya,
36-year-old Andile died on 25 October after suffering a heart attack while acting
in a musical in Israel. Aside from his work on television, he was also known
for doing theatre work, most notably for playing the iconic role of “adult”
Simba in Disney’s long-running musical The Lion King – on both Broadway and West
Idols SA season
12 runner-up Thami died in hospital in September. The 31-year-old suffered
health complications. The tragic news was confirmed by his label, Gallo Record
analyst and anchor David died on 26 August at the age of 47, due to diabetes-related
illnesses. His career at the SABC spanned 18 years upon which he built himself
a solid reputation as a well-known sports analyst.
Gospel star and
Neyi died on 4 December in hospital
after a long battle with skin cancer. The 49-year-old had been receiving
treatment for a rear blood disorder that affected his skin. Announcement of the
singer’s passing was difficult news for many well-known public figures such the
EEF’s chief-whip Floyd Shivambu and many of his fans who had been impacted by
his life and his music.
actress Nomhle passed away during the early hours of Wednesday 10 July at the
age of 77, after suffering a short illness. She is well-reputed for her
contribution to the local film industry through her extensive career in
television, film and theatre.
Paul Glegg in the UK, the legendary musician, songwriter and activist famously
known as Johnny Clegg, died on 16 at the age of 66 due to pancreatic cancer.
With decades of having built his legacy in Mzansi’s music industry, Johnny was
popularly known for his ability to speak and sing fluently in isiZulu. The Asimbonanga hit-maker was also a
well-known critic of the apartheid regime and used his music to convey his