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Bafokeng king dies after heart attack

Published Mar 29, 2000

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Bafokeng king Kgosi Lebone Molotlegi II died of a heart attack on Wednesday, the Bafokeng royal family announced.

Molotlegi was 35 years old.

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Kgosi Lebone Mollwane Boikanyo Molotlegi was to have been enthroned in September this year after succeeding his father, Lebone I who died in 1995.

The family said in a statement Molotlegi fell ill during a holiday in New York in February, forcing him to cut short his visit, and was admitted to hospital on his return home.

On March 5 he was admitted to Morningside Clinic.

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"He required intensive care therapy including prolonged intensive care support but despite that, Kgosi Lebone Molotlegi suffered a cardiac arrest which led to his demise on Wednesday 29th March 2000," the statement said.

Kgosi Molotlegi II was the 35th recorded Bafokeng king and the 15th direct descendant in a long line of Bafokeng kings.

He leaves his mother, two brothers and two sisters. As he was unmarried, traditionally the next in line will be his brother, Leruo.

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Funeral arrangements will be announced later this week. - Sapa

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