HHP Source: SA Government

From Brenda Fassie to HHP: A look at South African celebrities who died before age 40 and their causes of death.

From the iconic Brenda Fassie to award-winning rapper AKA, South African celebrities who died before the age of 40.

Let’s dive into celebrity deaths that made headlines.

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HHP 1980-2018

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HHP. Image from Twitter@viral trends

Topping the list of South African celebrities who died before age 40 is Jabulani Tsambo – affectionately known as HHP. He took his own life in 2018 after suffering from depression. His last social media post was:

Prokid 1981-2018

Linda Mkhize died in 2018, barely two weeks before HHP took his life. He died from a rare cause of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract at the age of 37.

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Lundi Tyamara

The celebrated Gospel star Lundi Tyamara died after a long battle with stomach TB and liver condition. He died at the age of 38 years.


Mandoza 1978-2016

The award-winning Kwaito star Mduduzi Tshabalala died in September 2016. He died at the age of 38 after a long battle with cancer.

Sfiso Ncwane 1979 – 2016

South African celebrities
Sfiso Ncwane. Image from Instagram@ayandancwane

Multi-award-winning singer Sfiso Ncwane is also one of the South African celebrities who died before the age 40. The gospel star died at the age of 37 in December 2016 after complications related to kidney failure.

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Flabba 1977 – 2015

Nkululeko Habedi – affectionately known as Flabba, was stabbed to death after an altercation with his girlfriend at his mansion in Alexandra in 2015.

Brenda Fassie 1964-2004

The celebrated South African pop legend died in 2004 after an asthma attack that led to heart failure and brain damage. She died aged 39 years. Other celebrities who died before 40 include:

  • Rikhado Makhado ‘Riky Rick’ – 34 years
  • Boitumelo Athiel ‘DJ Dimplez’ Mooi – 30 years
  • Busisiswe Lurayi – 36 years
  • Pearl Shongwe – 35 years
  • Kiernan Jarryd Forbes – 35 years
  • Costantinos Tsobanoglou – 27 years