9 South African celebrities who died dead broke (Photos)

Most people are concerned about celebrities who die broke without money, which has led to a number of assumptions about how the industry works and how celebrities spend their money.

Most celebrities who died broke never appeared to have no money while they were still alive; the news that they were deeply in debt and had dry pockets surfaced after they died.

Some people have raised the issue of celebrities squandering money on flashy and luxurious lifestyles, living more for the moment and caring less about the future. Others contended that those celebrities are simply succumbing to the industry’s pressures and temptations, which they believe can be hypnotized.

It is common for some celebrities to be ‘outdated’ when they die, and for whatever reason, the issue appears to be becoming more prevalent recently.

The following is a list of celebrities who died penniless and without a will.

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1. Lundi Tyamara

Lundi Tyamara

Lundi died in January of this year. He was both broke and homeless at the time of his death. Lundi, who sold millions of albums and earned millions of rands in gigs and royalties, was evicted by the owner of the townhouse he was renting in Mondeor, Johannesburg’s south. Lundi sent a WhatsApp message to a female friend after he was kicked out, pleading with her to lend him R950 to pay a storage fee for his furniture at an unidentified storage facility.

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2. Brown Dash

Brown Dash

Brown Dash passed away in May of 2012. He was a Kwaito musician who was said to be living in Melville, west of Johannesburg, in a commune. Brown Dash died as a pedestrian and as a poor man with only the clothes on his back. When he died, fellow musicians came to help raise funds for a proper funeral.

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3. Brenda Fassie

Brenda Fassie

Afropop singer from South Africa who was crowned The Queen Of African Pop. She passed away in 2004. She had a son, Bongani, who claimed to have inherited a large sum of money from his mother but appears to be in financial difficulty. Brenda was a drug addict, which explains why she died broke and poor. Her family paid out all of the money she earned during her career after a lengthy legal battle.

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4. Pro Kid

Pro Kid

Prokid (real name Linda Mkhize) died in the arms of his girlfriend, Mandisa Mbanjwa, with whom he had been dating for almost a year. Prokid died in August 2018 as a result of a rare cause of gastrointestinal bleeding. Prokid was so poor that the government had to help with his funeral arrangements.

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5. Mandoza

Mandoza passed away on September 18, 2016. Prior to his death, he was being treated for pharyngeal cancer and had lost his sight, according to his family. Although his family worked hard to dispel rumours that Mandoza died poor, many people still believe he left nothing to prove he was wealthy.

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6. Senyaka Kekana

Senyaka Kekana

He was kwaito who won many South Africans’ hearts; he died of pneumonia after spending two weeks in the hospital. He was so impoverished that his family had to turn to the public for help in paying for his funeral.

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7. Baby Jakes Matlala

Baby Jakes Matlala

Sadly, a South African boxer and junior flyweight died in 2013. Throughout his career, he carried the South African flag high and won numerous matches. It came as a surprise that despite the money he was expected to make during his career, he died impoverished.

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8. Ray Ntlokwana

Ray Ntlokwana

Velaphi is best known for his hilarious character on one of South Africa’s most popular shows from the 1990s, ‘Velaphi.’ He received a national award for his portrayal of the character. It was unfortunate that his career caused him to become bankrupt and impoverished while he had six children. I needed to open a bank account to pay for his funeral. He passed away in the year 2000.

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9. Zayn Adam

Zayn Adam
Zayn Adam

A Cape Town singer whose music entertained many South Africans. He died at the age of 68 after suffering from heart problems. He died in poverty. This should serve as a reminder to most people that celebrities, like everyone else, have financial problems. You can blame it on the high life, but money is an issue for everyone.

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