Pieter Howes has passed away. The news was confirmed on Facebook by his father, artist At Botha, on Monday. South Africans have taken to social media to grieve the popular Twitter user.
Howes was known as an actor and playwright under the name Pieter Bosch Botha, which later changed to Howes after marrying partner Craig Howes.
He was possibly best known for his large following on Twitter.
A disturbing aspect of his death are the few tweets he sent out on May 3, prior to his passing. The tweets about death have many believing that it is evidence that he was ready to take his own life. He called on people to “be kind to one another” and there was one particular tweet that said that he was “not afraid of the moment of death”.
According to The Citizen, his body was reportedly found in a Sandton hotel over the weekend after he didn’t return home.
His death was confirmed by his father, who took to Facebook to post a heartbreaking message in Afrikaans:
“I just want to let all my friends know tonight that my youngest child Pieter has passed away – I’m struggling to process it, and know that with all my FB friends, I won’t be able to answer your messages. I know you care, and that’s enough. Love, At.”
Many people have taken to social media to express grief and offer condolences to his loved ones.
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