11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

2017 is almost over, people are getting ready to go into 2018, but, sadly South Africa lost some of its beloved personalities this year.

Briefly.co.za remembers those we lost this past year:

1. Joe Mafela

The multi-talented South African passed away on 18 March 2017, in an accident.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

South African actor, writer, producer, singer and businessman Joe Mafela. Photo credit: Inkatha Freedom Party

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2. Lundi Tyamara

Tyamara died in January, following a lenghty fight with stomach TB and liver issues.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Tyamara was a well-known gospel star in South Africa. Photo credit: News24

3. Vela Shembe

The leader of the Thembezinhle faction of the Nazareth Baptist church, died on 23 November 2017.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Shembe's sudden death came as a shock to many South Africans. Photo credit: IOL

4. Ray Phiri

The South African Jazz musician died on 12 July 2017, at age 70.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Phiri lost his battle to lung cancer in July at a hospital in Nelspruit. Photo credit: Wikipedia

5. Dumi Masilela

The Rhythm City actor was killed during a hijacking attempt in August.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

29-year-old reportedly knew the men who tried to hijack him, and ultimately ended up taking his life. Photo credit: Times LIVE

6. Mandla Hlatshwayo

The former Generations actor was shot dead on 14 May during a robbery in Soweto.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Following his death, Hlatshwayo was hailed a hero for sacrificing his life to safe two women being robbed. Photo credit: The Morning Post South Africa

7. Sindiso Magaqa

Magaqa died on 4 September after being fatally shot in Durban. Sindiso Magaqa was the Youth Affairs Manager of Umzimkhulu Municipality.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Magaqa reportedly foresaw his death months before he was shot. Photo credit: Times LIVE

8. Christopher Kubheka

The South African sadly took his own life back in June this year. The 48-year-old allegedly left his wife a suicide note.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Kubheka reportedly told his family members prior to his death life was getting hard, because he was struggling to get a job. Photo credit: All4Women

9. Ahmed Kathrada

The South African politician, political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist died on 28 March at age 87.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Kathrada, aka Kathy, died from complications of a cerebral embolism. Photo credit: South African History Online

10. Robbie Malinga

Malinga passed away on Christmas day, reportedly due to stage four pancreatic cancer.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

The South African musicians reportedly passed away at his home, surrounded by his family. Photo credit: SABC News

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11. Joost van der Westhuizen

The former Springbok rugby player ultimately lost a lengthy battle to motor neurone disease. He passed away on 6 February at age 45.

11 Celebrities who passed away in 2017

Prior to his death, he was wheelchair bound and struggled to speak. Van der Westhuizen died in February at his home in Johannesburg. Photo credit: ESPN

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