- TV personality Bonang Matheba has credited her TV presenting success to late Vinolia Mashego
- V-Mash passed away while in her sleep on Monday
- Bonang has posted on social media that V-Mash inspired her entire presenting style
One of Mzansi's current best TV presenter Bonang Matheba has revealed that her presenting style was inspired by the late Vinolia Mashego.
V-Mash, as she was affectionately known, passed away while in her sleep, her family confirmed on Monday.
She rose to fame during her time as a bubbly and lively presenter of one of the country's then most watched entertainment and music show Jam Alley.
Vinolia, who was one of Mzansi's best-loved icons, passed away at age 57.
Bonang took to social media to pour her heart out about how sad she is over the passing of her childhood idol.
"She inspired my entire presenting style - the vernac, catchy phrases, huge personality... she was everything I wanted to be."
She said of V-Mash's passing:
"This one cuts deep."
Bonang shared fellow TV presenter, Andile Ncube's sentiment that no TV presenter or host has gone close to Vinolia's "artistry and genius" when it came to presenting skills.
"Not even close."
Veteran TV host Felitia Mabuza-Suttle agreed that Bonang's current catchy phrases reminded her of Vinolia.
Briefly.co.za has reported that Vinolia’s most recent gig was being the host of Bheka Sik’bambile on Moja Love - her last and final career move.
Since the news of Vinolia's passing, social media has been flooded with posts of condolences and remembrance.
Fellow Mzansi celebs such as Cassper Nyovest, Andile Ncube, Nandi Madida and Mo Flava all took to social media to pay their respects to Vinolia.
The celebs thanked her for being the artistic, loud and proud person that she was.
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