Year in Review: 10 celebrity deaths Mzansi's still mourning

29 December 2017 - 16:00 By TshisaLIVE
Dumi Masilela died in August after being shot in a botched hijacking.
Dumi Masilela died in August after being shot in a botched hijacking.
Image: Tsheko Kabasia. © Sowetan

While 2017 may have brought great news for others, it also had it's fair share of sad and shocking news including the death of some Mzansi's much loved personalities.

1. Dumisani Masilela

The multi-talented artist died after being shot during an attempted hijacking in Tembisa in August. He left his relatively new wife Simphiwe Ngema and his mother and two brothers.

2. Tsekeleke

Tsekeleke died at a Vosloorus hospital in August after a long battle with diabetes, which saw his leg amputated on four occasions. He spent his last three months in hospital undergoing procedures and treatment for his condition.

3. Ray Phiri

Ray died on July 12 after a battle with lung cancer, surrounded by his family in hospital.

4. Gunman

Actor Jabu Christopher Kubheka popularly known as Gunman on Yizo Yizo was found dead in his Soshanguve home in June after he committed suicide.

5. Mandla Hlatswayo

Actor Mandla and his friend were shot dead outside Meli pub in Pimville on May 14. The two were allegedly trying to assist women who were being robbed of their cellphones.

6. Thandi Klaasen

The jazz legend died at age 86 in January this year. According to several media reports Thandi was admitted to hospital in December and she was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

7. Joe Mafela

The veteran actor, musician and producer died after being involved in a car accident in Johannesburg, aged 75.

8. Mary Makgatho

The former Generations actress died in August after never recovering from complications caused by a fall in July.

9. Iko Mash

Actor and celebrity stylist Iko Mash has died after a battle with cancer. Mash was well-known in celebrity circles for being a stylist and makeup artist and in 2015 joined the cast of Rhythm City as Zahr, a transgender woman. 

10. Matlakala Ramathoka 

Gospel lead singer, Matlakala Ramathoka of the Masole a Tumelo and Matlakala and the Comforters groups, died at the age of 43. This, after complaining of chest pains at Akasia Private Hospital in the north of Tshwane.  

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