Joe Mafela
Joe Mafela

Stars we lost in 2017

By Carmelita Fredericks Time of article published Dec 26, 2017

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South African multi-award winning gospel artist Lundi Tyamara died on 27 January at the age of 38 after a battle with stomach TB and a liver condition, his family confirmed.

Lundi Tyamara

Former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen died after a battle with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) on 6 February.

The 45-year-old ex-scrumhalf has been in a  Johannesburg  hospital for a few days before he passed.

Joost van der Westhuizen. Picture: Henk Kruger

Multi-talented local personality Joe Mafela, who is well-known in the acting and music world, died in a car accident on a Joburg highway on 18 March at the age of 75.

Joe Mafela

Christopher Kubheka, who rose to fame as Gunman in the hit show Yizo Yizo reportedly committed suicide at his house in Soshanguve, Pretoria, in June.

Known for his role as Gunman in the school drama Yizi Yizo, Christopher Kubheka was found dead at his home in Soshanguve. CREDIT: Supplied

Errol Dyers, iconic Cape Town jazz guitarist and composer, died on 21 July after a lengthy bout with a lung condition known as emphysema. He was 65 at the time of his death.

Errol Dyers. Picture: Gregory Frantz

South Africa woke up to the sad news of the passing of actor Dumi Masilela of soap Rhythm City on 2 August. He was fatally wounded in an attempted hijacking in Tembisa, Johannesburg.

Dumi Masilela

Former Generations actress Mary Makgatho reportedly passed away in August, as result of complications following a bad fall in July.

Mary Makgatho

Actress and former beauty queen Michelle Molatlou passed away on 19 December.The former presenter of TV magazine show Mamepe "succumbed to her battle with cervical cancer" the National Hospital in Bloemfontein.

Michelle Molatlou

Veteran South African musician Robbie Malinga, 47, died on Monday.

The hitmaker, kwaito pioneer and Afro-pop producer revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with anaemia and had been battling the disease until he finally succumbed to it around 6pm on Christmas Day.

Robbie Malinga

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