- Veteran South African radio host Grant Shakoane passed on early on Thursday, 22 April and the cause of death has not been disclosed
- According to a close friend of Shakoane's, he had been hospitalised about a week ago in a critical condition
- The radio host, who worked for Metro FM for most of his career, was very close to another radio personality, Wilson B Nkosi
South Africans have been left reeling by the news of radio veteran Grant Shakoane's passing. According to various news reports, Shakoane passed away early on Thursday morning following a short stay in hospital.
Heading online, a close friend of Shakoane's, Tim Modise, shared the news with South Africans while at the same time expressing his condolences with the family of the popular radio personality. According to Modise, Wilson B Nkosi, a close friend of Shakoane's, relayed the news to him.
"I’ve just learned from Wilson Nkosi that the 'Gentle Giant’ Grant Shakoane has passed on. Like many of us and his friends, I’m saddened by the news. I extend my sympathies to Ausi Albertina & family. I wish you strength. Modimo a le fodise #RIPGrantShakoane," wrote Modise.
South Africans soon headed to the comment section where they to shared messages of condolences. Read a few of their thoughts below:
"Aahhhh l remember those words and his laugh. MUSIC and his memories live on."
"The Metro FM of Tim Modise, Treasure Tshabalala, Grant Shokoane, Wilson B Nkosi, Ernest Pillay, I forget that gentleman who presented the Midmorning Breeze, I enjoyed radio then. RIP sir."
"Sad news indeed. Rest in peace and rise in glory, Grant Shakoane. We will always remember your shows on Metro FM."
In other Briefly News, Hester Ford, America’s oldest person, breathed her last breath after living for an impressive 116 years. Ford, who was born in South Carolina in 1904, died on April 17 in North Carolina, leaving behind 12 children, 48 grandchildren and 108 great-grandchildren.
There, however, exist conflicting records on her actual date of birth, with one set showing that she was born on August 15, 1904 while another records her year of birth as 1905. Despite the unclear information, the Gerontology Research Group declared in 2020 that she was the oldest person in America.
In her honour, local county commissioners of Mecklenburg County officially declared September 1 as Mother Hester McCardell Ford Day. It is reported that Ford lost her husband of 45 years in 1963, a half-century ago, leaving her a widow.
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