Veteran South African radio broadcaster Bob Mabena dies at 51

Veteran South African radio show host and broadcaster Bob Mabena has died of a cardiac arrest, today, August 10, 2020.

Mr Mabena is one of South Africa most well-known radio hosts whose career in broadcasting spanned over 30 years.

Bob Mabena is also a professional racer and musician. He released a number of albums, one of which earned him an SA Music Award.

The SAMA Awards team have mourned Bob Mabena, writing on their official Twitter account, “We are saddened by the passing of the legendary radio veteran and personality, Bob Mabena. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and South Africans at large. May his soul rest in peace??Broken heart. #RIPBobMabena.”

According to local reports, Bob Mabena was taken to the hospital on Saturday over a complaint of pain. He was admitted but discharged on Monday morning. On the way home with his wife, Mabena started experiencing more pains. They drove back to the hospital and he was taken into the ICU.

He was later pronounced dead by health officials who ruled his cause of death as a cardiac arrest.

Bob Mabena lost his grandmother two months ago, in June, to COVID-19. Mabena personally shared news of his grandmother’s passing on Twitter, writing, “She contracted Covid in a hospital whilst going in for a lung infection. Within 3 days, she was gone. The hospitals aren’t ready.”

Bob Mabena, 51, hosted some of South Africa’s biggest radio shows with a career spanning over 30 years.

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