Famous people we lost in 2017!

It is without a doubt that death is part of a human journey that none of us is spared. However, it becomes harder to accept that fact when someone has become a part of everyone’s lives, especially our stars. We all know that 2017 has been nothing but a tragic year that saw most of our local stars ‘’kicking the bucket,’’ let’s take a look at some of those stars below;

THANDI KLAASEN (1931 – JAN. 15, 2017)

Jazz legend Thandi Klaasen died on 15 January 2017 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 86.

LUNDI TYAMARA (DEC. 16, 1980 – JAN. 27, 2017)

Controversial gospel star Lundi Tyamara died in the early hours of Friday morning, 27 January 2017, after a long struggle with stomach TB and liver complications.

JOE MAFELA (1942 – MARCH 18, 2017)

Legendary actor Joe Mafela, 75, died in a car accident in Johannesburg on 18 March 2017

AHMED KATHRADA (AUGUST 21, 1929 – MARCH 28, 2017)

Struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada passed away in the early morning hours of 28 March after a short illness.


Ontlametse Phalatse (pictured here with her mother at her 16th birthday) suffered from Progeria, a disease that makes the body age rapidly. She passed away at the age of 18 on 12 April 2017. She was not expected to live beyond the age of 13.


Former Generations actor and DJ, Mandla Hlatshwayo, was killed in Pimville, Soweto during a robbery at a pub.

(Pictured here on July 10, 2009 in Johannesburg)

CHRIS KUBHEKA ( – JUNE 12, 2017)

Christopher Kubheka was a South African actor best known for his role as Bazooka Khumba in the SABC1 drama series Zone 14 and Gunman in  Yizo Yizo. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

RAY PHIRI (MAR. 23, 1947 – JUL. 12, 2017)

Ray Phiri was a South African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician born in Mpumalanga, South African. Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived gold and platinum-selling albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstacy (1991), Look, Listen and Decide (1992) as well as the controversial People Don’t Talk So Let’s Talk. The South African music icon passed on after battle with lung cancer.

IKO MASH (- JULY 2017)

Actress, celebrity makeup artist and LGBTI personality Iko Mash passed away after a battle with cancer.

May all their souls find peace and serenity in the hands of the almighty…

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