The irreplaceable South African celebrities who tragically died in 2021 were talented souls with brilliant minds. It hurts the entire country when SA celebrities pass away. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has snatched many celebrities in South Africa. People are worried and asking themselves, "when will these heartbreaking celebrity deaths stop?"
The South African actors' fraternity has lost some of the best actors in the country. The actors who died recently had grand plans to revolutionize the entertainment industry. Thanks to them, people had begun noticing impressive changes in the industry. The dead leaders and professionals who were celebrities were also working on the same goal in their areas of specialization.
South African celebrities who died in 2021
What famous people died in 2021? Mzansi has lost many promising souls this year, including politicians and media personalities. However, most of the South African celebrities who died recently were in the acting and music industries. These celebrities shared strong bonds with their fans. Here is a list of famous people from South Africa whose deaths are still fresh on people's minds.
1. Killer Kau and Mpura
Social media has been awash with moving tributes following the Killer Kau and Mpura car accident that led to their death. Their fans, fellow artists and local stars have expressed their sadness and shock over the sad news.
The South African Amapiano stars, Mpura and killer Kau passed away on August 9, 2021, in a fatal car accident on their way to a performance in Rustenburg, along with a third person.
Killer Kau, whose real name is Sakhile Hlatshwayo, is famous for his single hit titled Tholukuthi Hey. Mpura is a professional and celebrated South African musical artist. He is renowned as Mpura Mpura. Besides music, he is also involved in fashion design.
2. Shona Ferguson
Shona Ferguson is among SA celebrities who died in 2021. The iconic Shona Ferguson died on 31st July 2021 at the Milpark hospital. He succumbed to COVID-19 related complications and was laid to rest on 4th August 2021. Ferguson has left a great mark for his contribution to the South African entertainment scene as a producer, director, writer. Besides being in the entertainment industry, he was also a business mogul.
3. Lieb Bester
The seventy-two-year-old Lieb Bester is also on the list of South African celebrities who died in 2021. The veteran actor was famous for his roles on Binnelanders and Villa Rosa. Bester was admitted thrice due to COVID-19 related complications. His first hospitalization was in June after the ravaging virus affected his kidneys. He lost the fight on July 21, 2021.
4. Tsepo Tshola
The legendary Tsepo Tshola was a South African singer who died recently. Tshepo was famous for his baritone and jazz music. Sixty-seven-year-old Tshepo Tshola lost the fight to COVID-19 on 15th July 2021. The fallen legend was buried at the Heroes Acre in Thaba Bosiu in Lesotho on Friday, 30th July 2021.
5. DJ Mzwandile Nzimande
The 44-year-old DJ Wandi died at the Olivedale Clinic in Johannesburg. He tested positive for COVID-19 and his exact time of demise was 9:00 am on Wednesday 13th January 2021. He left behind his wife Hlapo and three daughters named Senzi, Zandi and Zwelethu.
6. Nokuzola Mlengana
The vivacious Nokuzola Mlengana, known to many as Sis Ouma, is also among Mzansi celebrities who died in 2021. Nokuzola Mlengana died on 12th July 2021 at the age of 59. The mother of 3 succumbed to pneumonia.
7. Geoff Makhubo
Geoff Makhubo died in 2021 due to COVID-19. He was famous for his post as the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Municipality. He also served several administrative positions in the Johannesburg Council and always championed the response for HIV/AIDS, and led campaigns to end HIV/AIDS stigma. The late Geoff Makhubo passed on 9th July 2021 after fighting COVID-19.
8. Steve Kekana
Sixty-two-year-old Tebogo Steve Kekana was a famous South African singer and songwriter who started his career in the 1980s. He lost his sight at a tender age and always mesmerized Mzansi by how talented he was despite his disability. Steve Kekana succumbed to COVID-19 on 1st July 2021.
9. Luzuko Nteleko
Luzuko Ntelelko is among South African actors who died in June 2021. Losing him was a blow to veteran SA male actors who believed he would make Mzansi proud internationally. Nteleko's family confirmed he succumbed to stage four brain cancer on Monday, 21st June 2021.
10. Sindi van Zyl
Sindi van Zyl is among the celebrities who died in 2021 in South Africa. Sindi van Zyl was known as the people's doctor because she was a medical doctor and Kaya FM show host. Dr Sindi died on Saturday morning, 10th April 2021, in a Johannesburg-based hospital. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 and admitted to the hospital before kicking the bucket.
11. Noxolo Maqashalala
Noxolo was among the most loved South African soapie actresses. A post mortem revealed the Diamond City show's actress died of natural causes. The police found her dead at her apartment in Honeydew, Johannesburg, on 12th March 2021. She was laid to rest in KwaBhaca in Eastern Cape on Friday, 19th March 2021.
12. Menzi Ngubane
Actor Ngubane was on Generations as Sbusiso Dhlomo and Isibaya as Judas. He was among the most famous South African actors for decades. Fans were disappointed when Menzi did not act in The Queen season 5 in 2020 because of sickness. Doctors diagnosed him with kidney failure in 2012 and performed surgery on him in 2014. He died in March 2021 at the age of 56.
13. Jonas Gwangwa
The 83-year-old South African jazz musician passed away on Saturday, 23rd January 2021, after struggling with health complications for two years. He used his talent to fight the apartheid government for decades.
14. Jackson Mthembu
The later South African political figure died of COVID-19 complications. The 62-year-old Minister in the Presidency contracted the virus on 11th January and passed away on 21st January. Mzansi will always be grateful for his anti-apartheid activism in the 1970s.
15. Kabelo Molopyane
Kabelo Molopyane is on the list of the latest celebrity deaths in 2021. Motsweding FM's DJ KB Molopyane was 46 years old when he died. The Ragoga Gee breakfast show host passed away on Sunday morning, 17th January 2021. Kabelo was excellent at entertaining people in the Setswana language. He started working for Motsweding FM in 2002, and people loved him throughout the 19 years he hosted the morning show.
16. Sam Phillips
On 16th January 2021, South Africa mourned the death of the 72-year-old actor, director, producer, writer, and music composer. He was among the first Black actors to perform on SABC TV 2 in 1980 in a multiracial show named Lysistrata. He acted in more television programs afterwards, including Soul City, Backstage, and Isibaya.
17. Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu
The actress Lindiwe Ndlovu died in her sleep on Monday morning, 11th January 2021. She fell sick in the morning around 3:30 am and was rushed to the hospital but did not make it. Thembekani celebrated her 44th birthday a few days before she passed away.
These South African celebrities who died in 2021 left an indelible mark in South African entertainment history. Their deaths left millions with a big blow. Their ideas and possible future impacts are gone forever, but their memories are always engraved in our minds.
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