Remembering the Queen of African Pop: The life and death of Brenda Fassie

Remembering the Queen of African Pop: The life and death of Brenda Fassie

Wednesday marked the 14th anniversary of Brenda Fassie's death, and South Africans took to social media to honour her.

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Fassie was admitted to the Sunninghill hospital on 26 April 2004 after suffering cardiac arrest. She slipped into a coma and without ever regaining consciousness again, Fassie died on 9 May 2004 at the age of 39.

Fassie was known to voice her opinions about poverty in townships, she became quickly popular with the frequent visits she took to those poor communities.

Today, 14-years later, South Africans still mourn the loss of one of the most influential musicians of our time.

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Social media was flooded with messages in honour of Fassie, who was born in Langa, Cape Town.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa was one of those who celebrated her life, even after more than a decade after her death.

"Watch: Today marks the 14th anniversary of the passing of legendary Afro-pop singer, Brenda Fassie. Well over a decade after the start of her career she was still on top winning SAMA's bestselling artist award 4 times in a row. Time Magazine dubbed her the Queen of African Pop.", Mthethwa captioned a video of Fassie in action.

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