South African celebrities who died in 2021 | Cause of Death | Age

The year 2021 is a black year for South Africa as many celebrities died leaving fans and loved ones bitter. Many fan-favorite public figures breathe their last this year.

The COVID-19 Pandemic stole many talented, brilliant, and influential personalities.

This left the country with a big blow. It became a thing to worry about and sweeps a wave of fear as people don’t know what could happen in the next minute.

Following the breakout of Covid-19 and other ill happenings, South Africans were left to morn some of their best actors. Most of these figures had a great impact on the country. 

Their ideas and possible future impacts are gone forever. Many political juggernauts are also among those who received moments of silence.

South African celebrities who died in 2021

South African celebrities who died in 2021
Dr. Sindi passed away on Saturday morning, the 10 April.
DJ Mzwandile Nzimande44 yearsCovid-1913 January
Jackson Mthembu62 yearsCovid-1921 January
Jonas Gwangwa83 yearsCardiac Complications23 January
Kabelo Molopyane46 years17 January
Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu44 yearsIn her sleep11 January
Luzuko Nteleko36 yearsJune
Menzi Ngubane56 yearsStroke13 January
Noxolo Maqashalala44 yearsNatural causes12 March
Sam Phillips72 years30 July
Sindisiwe van Zyl45 yearsCovid-1910 April
Nokuzola Mlengana58 years12 July
Geoff Makhubo53 yearsCovid-199 July

Death left the country brokenhearted after stealing the lives of many promising souls. Many public figures met their demise this year. Though, based on the stats, we lost more celebrities in the entertainment circle.

DJ Mzwandile Nzimande

DJ 1D as he was rather addressed fans died at the Olivedale Clinic, Johannesburg. He died on Wednesday 13 January after testing positive for Covid-19. He was happily married to Hlapo and their union was blessed with 3 daughters – Senzi, Zandi, and Zwelethu. He died at the age of 44.

Jackson Mthembu

Jackson (62) passed away from complications resulting from Covid-19 during the pandemic. He died on 21 January 2021, the same day one of his doctors who was on a medical helicopter died after it crashed killing everyone on board.

Jonas Gwangwa

He was a South African jazz musician, producer, and songwriter. He was relevant in the music industry for over 40 years before his demise.

His outstanding talent was noticed when he played trombone with The Jazz Epistles. After the group broke up, he still became an important figure in the music circle and even gained prominence abroad. He died at the age of 83 on 23 January due to cardiac complications.

Kabelo Molopyane

DJ KB Molopyane was a radio personality, though reports covered that his cause of death was “still unclear“. He passed away in the morning on Sunday 17 January 2021. 

He will be missed for his exceptional way of entertaining people in the Setswana language. He made his debut with Motsweding FM in 2002.

He hosted many programs like morning and afternoon drive shows. At the time of his demise, DJ KB Molopyane was 46 years old.

Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu

The award-winning actress died in the morning on Monday 11 January 2021. According to her long-time agent Lynne Higgins and Tumelo Ngwalase she died in her sleep, she began to get sick around 3:30 am.

Lindiwe was 44 years old when she died. As an actress, she made several appearances on popular television serials.

Luzuko Nteleko

Actor Luzuko Nteleko’s death was another great loss to the entertainment industry and South Africa. He appeared in several TV productions like Zone 14 and Muvhango

Though what caused his death is “not yet known”. However, reports online covered that Luzuko was diagnosed with brain cancer a few years ago. He was fluent in Xhosa, Sotho, Zulu, Xitsonga, and English. He died at the age of 36.

Menzi Ngubane

The renowned actor suffered a stroke that claimed his life on 13 March 2021. His father passed away three days after his death after he turned 90. Menzi and his father were buried together and their funeral was held in Ladysmith. Menzi Ngubane died at the age of 56.

Noxolo Maqashalala

The renowned actress was found lifeless at her home in Johannesburg, South Africa on 12 March 2021. An autopsy revealed she died of “natural causes”. She rests in KwaBhaca, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Noxolo was around 44 years when she died.

Sam Phillips

The veteran actor’s demise is another big loss to the South African entertainment industry. Sam Phillips died at the age of 72. His agency Gaenor Artiste Management confirmed the sad news. 

He was a revered actor, director, producer, writer, and music composer. He also appeared in popular productions like Phamokate, Backstage, Soul City, The Wild, and Isibaya.

Sindisiwe van Zyl

The radio DJ died on 10 April at the age of 45 from COVID-19 in a hospital-based in Johannesburg. She was also a Physician and Kaya FM show host.

Nokuzola Mlengana

Sis Ouma on Skeem Saam’s death shocked the internet after fans and lovers of the show got the news. The sad news was confirmed by Skeem Saam publicist Sumaya Mogola confirmed reports on Tuesday. The 58 years died on Monday 12 July. However, her cause of death is yet to be made public.

Geoff Makhubo

Moloantoa Geoffrey Makhubo was a South African politician. He was a member of the ANC and served as the Mayor of Johannesburg (2019-2021). He died on 9 July of Covid-19. 


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