Tuesday, 22 August 2017

SA Industry Loses Entertainers

The South African entertainment industry was rocked by continous tragedy in August as 3 entertainers died consecutively. Kwaito artist Anthony 'Tsekeleke' Motaung died on 1 August 2017 after battling diabetes for over a decade. He died in hospital during an operation in Vosloorus. The kwaito star rose to fame in the late 90's with his hit single 'Fatty Boom Boom'. Tsekeleke was well known for his explosive dance moves despite his obesity. Doctors had suggested an amputation on one of his legs 10 years ago but the artist refused when he considered his music career and being a sole-provider for his family. 

A few days after Tsekeleke's death Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela was also reported dead. Masilela was shot in Tembisa during a botched a hijacking, in the evening, while he was parked on the side of the road with a friend. A black Jeep suddenly pulled up in front of his car and an assailant, carrying a gun, stepped out of the vehicle and headed towards theirs. The gunman fired one shot which killed Masilela while he attempted to flee. Masilela succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

While the country was still mourning the deaths of these entertainers veteran actress Mary Makgatho passed away a week later. the veteran actress died after being in hospital since July due to an undisclosed illness. She is best known for her appearances in Rhythm City, Generations and Ekasi: Our stories.

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