SHOCKING Celebrity Deaths of 2023: You Won’t Believe Who’s Gone

Exploring the Loss of Prominent South African Celebrities in 2023

As we navigate through the year 2023, it is with heavy hearts that we remember the beloved South African celebrities who have left us too soon. These individuals made significant contributions to their respective fields, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and in the entertainment industry. Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to these remarkable souls.

1. AKA: A Tragic Loss

Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, popularly known as AKA, met an untimely demise on the 10th of February. The South African rap icon was fatally shot outside Wish restaurant in Durban, Florida Road, by an unidentified assailant. His sudden departure sent shockwaves through the nation, leaving us to mourn the tragic loss of a talented artist whose life was cut short by a senseless act of violence.


2. Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane: A Grief-Stricken Community

In a tragic turn of events, renowned celebrity chef Tebello ‘Tibz’ Motsoane was also gunne down in Durban, alongside his close friend, AKA. The loss of Tibz, whose culinary talents brought joy to many, compounded the grief that had already enveloped the South African entertainment industry.


3. Mark Pilgrim: A Brave Battle Comes to an End

On a somber Sunday, the 5th of March, veteran radio personality Mark Pilgrim peacefully passed away at his home. Mark had battled stage four lung cancer with unwavering determination since his initial diagnosis in 1998. His resilience and commitment to life inspired us all, making his passing all the more poignant.


4. Costa Titch: A Shocking Loss on Stage

The South African music scene was rocked by the sudden death of Costa Titch (Costantinos Tsobanoglou). He tragically passed away during a performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Johannesburg on the 11th of March. At only 28 years old, his demise was suspected to be linked to an epileptic seizure, a cause disputed by his grieving mother.


5. Angie Oeh: A Melodic Farewell

Afrikaans singer Angelique Greeff, known to her fans as Angie Oeh, bid her final farewell on the 19th of August. Her battle with cancer came to a heartbreaking end at Life Wilgers Hospital in Pretoria. Her music will forever echo in our hearts.


6. Derek Watts: A Respected Journalist’s Departure

In a sorrowful moment for journalism, veteran reporter Derek Watts passed away at the age of 74, surrounded by his loved ones. Having diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022, the disease spread to his lungs, ultimately claiming his life on Tuesday, the 22nd of August.


7. Tersius Eathon Kocks: A Tragic Battle

Tersius Eathon Kocks, a contestant from Season 12 of Idols SA,  found lifeless in his home on Sunday, the 27th of August. He had been wrestling with mental health challenges and depression, a poignant reminder of the importance of mental health support.

8. Botha Rossouw: The Rugby World Mourns

Former rugby player Botha Rossouw, aged 53, passed away on the 29th of August due to a pulmonary embolism. The rugby community and fans alike grieved the loss of this sports legend.

9. Mbuleli Mathanga: A Heartbreaking End

The year took another tragic turn on the 31st of August when 29-year-old athlete and 2023 Half Marathon champion Mbuleli Mathanga was discovere lifeless in his girlfriend’s room. His passing was suspecte to  a result of a successful suicide, leaving us all deeply saddened.

In conclusion, 2023 has been a year marke by the loss of these remarkable South African individuals. Their contributions to their respective fields will be remembere and cherishe, and they will forever hold a special place in our hearts. As we bid them farewell, let us also reflect on the importance of mental health awareness and supporting one another through life’s challenges.

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