- Professor Bongani Mayosi has died at the age of 51
- Mayosi was the top South African cardiologist
- Tweeps shared their shock over the news of his passing
South Africa’s top cardiologist Bongani Mayosi has died. The Citizen reported that the University of Cape Town had announced his passing.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing away on Friday, 27 July, of Professor Bongani Mayosi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town,” UCT vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said in a statement.
“The university is in touch with Professor Mayosi’s family, who is appreciative of all messages of support and condolences, but requests that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
In 2009, Mayosi was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe, the country’s highest honour and his work focused on heart disease and he led the first large-scale, multinational study of rheumatic heart disease in the world (first phase)
Tweeps took time to remember this great man.
Some Tweeps were at a loss for words, and could not believe he is gone.
Briefly.co.za reported when a team from UCT announce they had perfected a heart valve that will save scores of lives worldwide. Mayosi was the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town at the time and he commented that there are at least 33 million people affected by rheumatic heart disease across the globe.
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