South Africa is saddened with the news that the veteran presenter Bob Mabena has died, just a few weeks after burying his grandma due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
News of his death was first reported by SABC News after his family confirmed the legendary presenter died after a short illness in his home on Monday afternoon.
The former FM radio presenter and television personality had been battling an unnamed chronic disease that had been caused by his lifestyle over the years. The life-threatening sickness was diagnosed in 2018 and had required him to maintain a healthy diet and to exercise.
Recently, he revealed he had fallen ill after spending some time in the Swiss Alps. He revealed he developed flu-like symptoms and breathing difficulties resulting in him being admitted in the hospital.
For over thirty years of his career, he had worked with Metro FM, Highveld Stereo, Khaya FM, and other notable media houses.
He was born in Pretoria in 1969 and was raised by his now-deceased grandmother after he lost his mother at the age of 11.
Bob Mabena left behind a wife Eucharist Hadebe and one confirmed son, he is rumoured to have more than six kids in the previous relationship.
He is known for his previous relationship with musician Brenda Fassie to whom he turned down her proposal when she wanted them to get married.
The Get Funky musician and presenter started a Bob K. Mabhena Foundation in 2011. The Foundation is dedicated to improving learning conditions in urban areas of South Africa for learners in all levels of the country’s education system.
Bob Mabena has been honoured across Southern Africa for his donations to the less privileged and his acclaimed radio skills.
Some of the awards and nominations Nob Mabena has had in his entire career include;
1995: Best TV Presenter, Artes Award
1994: Best Rap Artist of the Year, South African Music Awards
1994: Best Radio Personality, Artes Award
2012: Hall of FAME induction, MTN
2013: Best Breakfast Show, MTN