- Gospel musician Deborah Fraser has died aged 56.
- The family revealed that the singer passed away on the afternoon of May 15, 2022 after a short illness.
- TRUELOVE remembers Deborah through five of her greatest songs.
Deborah Fraser, award-winning South African gospel artist, has died.
Announcing the news via their social media platforms, the 56-year-old’s family shared a statement in which they revealed that she passed away on the afternoon of May 15, 2022 after “a short illness”.
“It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of our dear mother, sister, aunt and friend, and Gospel musician. Dr. Deborah Fraser following a short illness. She passed away today (Sunday 15.05.2022 ) afternoon, in the presence of his family and friends,” reads the statement posted on his Instagram page.
The family concluded the statement by asking for privacy to grieve.
Confirming the news, family spokesperson Busi Shibodze told TRUELOVE that the singer died in hospital.
“Further details will be communicated by the family during the week,” she added.
Speaking to DRUM last year, Deborah – who had had a few health issues due to her diabetes diagnosis over the years – said she had learned to manage her diabetes and was living a healthy lifestyle .
“Right now, I’m happy, I’m in good shape. I’m healthy, you can’t even say I’m diabetic. I left city life with its drama and stress to live and hide on my farm. I take care of my health,” she told the publication.
Deborah Fraser began her musical career in 1985 as a backing vocalist and later released her debut album titled Abanye Bazombona in 2000, which sold over a million copies. His last album, OkaJehova Akanqotshwa came out in 2019.
In October 2021, she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Sacred Music from Christian Leadership Academy.
Here are five songs to remember the late singer.
1. Ngibe Muhle Nami
2. Abanye Bayombona
3. Nantsi Lenqola
5. Uma Kungenxa
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