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Veteran gospel singer Deborah Fraser dies after short illness

Gospel legend Deborah Fraser passes on after a short illness.Image :Thobeka Zazi Ndabula

Gospel legend Deborah Fraser passes on after a short illness.Image :Thobeka Zazi Ndabula

Published May 16, 2022


Iconic gospel singer Deborah Fraser has died following a short illness.

Fraser died at age 56 in the presence of her family and friends.

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In a statement, the Fraser’s family confirmed her passing yesterday afternoon.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you of the passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend, and Gospel musician, Deborah Fraser, following a short illness. She passed on today (Sunday) after midday, in the presence of her family and friends.”

The family further requested privacy as they deal with their loss.

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“As Deborah Fraser’s family we would like to be given space to process and deal with this very tragic situation. The public will be further informed of any developments.”

Weeks ago the Abanye Bayombona singer urged people to include her in their prayers after her health battles left her wheelchair-bound.

It is believed that last year from February to March she was hospitalised after being gripped by an illness.

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In an interview with TshisaLIVE, she revealed that she was unable to walk and asked for love and support.

“I still cannot walk. I think it's because I was in bed for a long time, but I don't know for sure. It's stressful to live a life that you're not used to. I'm asking for love, I'm asking for prayers."

Her health was a concern on social media, particularly with her fans as she was still determined to do what she loved, which is music.

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Fraser was more than just a gospel singer. She also extended her humanitarian hands where needed.

Fraser started her music career as a backing singer and later recorded an album in 2000, entitled Abanye Bayombona.

The veteran singer has collected many accolades as an artist and dominated the gospel music space with her songs that have touched many people in South Africa.

During her career, he KwaZulu-Natal-born music healed a lot of people with her music.

The award-winning singer will be remembered for her immeasurable contribution to the music industry.

More details about her memorial service and funeral are yet to be updated by her family.

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