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    ‘Carte Blanche’ and MNet pay tribute to the late Derek Watts

    After battling cancer for almost a year, Veteran Carte Blanche journalist Derek Watts passed away peacefully at the age of 74 years.

    It was on the 11th of June when MNet made the announcement that Derek Watts would be taking time off from work to focus on his health. His social media bio reveals that he had been with Carte Blanche for 27 years.

    He was recently hospitalised with severe sepsis following being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022 that rapidly spread to his lungs. Carte Blanche released a statement on Tuesday confirming that the seasoned presenter and journalist had passed earlier in the day. The statement read: “It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of Carte Blanche anchor and icon, Derek Watts. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning surrounded by loved ones.”

    It went on to say: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and children in this time of loss. He will forever hold a special place in the hearts and minds of his #CarteBlanche family.”

    John Webb who is the Executive Producer for Carte Blanche also shared a few words about the late journalist. “Derek took enormous comfort from the thousands of messages he received during his recovery from sepsis,” Webb said.

    Nomsa Philiso, the MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment, encouraged the Watts family during this time. “We hold him, his family, and his friends in our thoughts and prayers and wish him strength and courage,” she said.

    In extension of their heartfelt condolences to the Watts family and the long-term journalist’s friends and loved ones, the MNet family said: “His commitment to his work and his determination in the face of challenges was truly remarkable. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. May they find solace in the cherished memories they shared and may Derek’s legacy continue to inspire us all,” MNet said in a post.

    ‘Carte Blanche’ and MNet pay tribute to the late Derek Watts, EntertainmentSA News South Africa
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