Former Motsweding FM radio presenter Chris Matshaba died on Saturday afternoon after losing his lengthy battle with cancer, just six months before his 40th birthday.
Chris was taken to a Johannesburg hospital last Monday yet he never returned home, his health deteriorating until he took his final gasp this this past weekend.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Matshaba family spokesperson Kabelo Mosito said the star had been diagnosed with cancer “a while ago” and had tried to keep a brave face while those around him sometimes lost hope.
“He was sick but he would always have a smile on his face. He was in and out of hospital but he always seemed to bounce back. He went into hospital on Monday and we thought he would be out soon.”
Chris was surrounded by friends and family in his last moments and seemed at peace.
“We knew his condition was serious but he tried his best to hide his pain. His health was declining but he was always surrounded by family and friends so it wasn’t a case of doctors calling is to tell us to come say goodbye. I think many of us knew (he was going to die) but we were just praying for some kind of miracle.”
Chris Matshaba will be laid to rest at his home village of Phalane (Ramokokastad) in the North West on Saturday, 17 February 2018.
Matshaba leaves behind a wife, actress Tsholo Matshaba who is most popularly known for her roles as Meme in Muvhango and Keneilwe on Mamello (both shows aired on SABC 2). The couple got married in 2014.
May his precious soul rest in peace.