A tribute to stars who shone brightly.

Many people die every day, but famous people who died 2016 are always interesting to read about. And South Africa had its share of many well-known stars passing on during 2016 like:

  • TV actors
  • Music icons
  • Sportsmen and women


Faces that appeared on our screens, icons from the music industry and well-known sports people are among those lost to the country in 2016.

May they rest In peace, we will surely miss them.

Famous people Who died 2016 – TV actors

  • Nyembezi Kunene

Kunene was a director and actor. He died in June, at the age of 74, from problems related to diabetes.

  • Greg Melvill-Smith

A well-known 7de Laan actor, Melvill-Smith died in June from cancer. Diagnosed with the disease in September 2015 he battled the illness for several months before dying.

  • Segale Mogotsi

Mogotsi was a radio veteran who died in hospital in November after complaining of extreme pain.

Famous people who died 2016

Famous people Who died 2016 – Music icons

  • Mandoza

Mandoza’s death in September had thousands of fans mourning. He died from cancer. Shortly before his death, Mendoza made one last public appearance when he performed at the Thank You SABC Music Concert.

  • Sfiso Ncwane

Ncwane was an icon gospel singer. He died in December of kidney failure after being admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg.

Ncwane was scheduled to appear in a concert but apparently became ill only hours before dying. The show had to be cancelled.

  • Koyo Bala

Bala was a veteran musician who died in May after a long battle with cancer.

  • Refiloe Motha

Motha became famous when she competed in the popular Coca-Cola Popstars TV music competition. She died in October.

  • DJDuke Soul

Soul died in April. His poor health began after collapsing at O.R. Tambo Airport.

  • Lahlumlenze

Lahlumlenze was a veteran maskandi artist. Born Sipho Nxumalo, he became popularly known as Lahlumlenze, and died after collapsing at his home in Vosloorus.

Famous people Who died 2016 – Sports personalities

  • Gugu Zulu

Zulu died in a tragic accident in July while climbing with his wife. The rally driver, who was 38-years-old, was trying to raise money to aid 350 000 poor girls. Zulu was taking part in a Trek4Mandela expedition.

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All info was correct at time of publishing