Family, friends, and fans are mourning the loss of legendary gospel singer Deborah Fraser who passed away at Chris Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto on Sunday 15 May following a short illness.
The 57-year-old’s family has shared memorial and funeral details with the public, mentioning that there will be two memorial services in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday 19 May, and Friday 20 May.
In the weeks leading up to her death, Deborah Fraser told TshisaLive that she fell ill while on the way to a gig in the North West. The Abanye Bayombona hitmaker added that she hoped after physiotherapy, she would get back on her feet.
“I am performing still because there’s nothing wrong with my voice or hands, except there’s a headache that comes and goes,” she told the publication.
“Plus, I cannot walk. Sometimes I wake up feeling as if I can’t think properly, as if I’m losing my mind. Otherwise, I can sit on my wheelchair and sing.”
Her family announced her passing on 15 May in a Facebook post.
According to SABC News, Deborah Fraser will be remembered at a memorial service in Johannesburg on Thursday 19 May at 13:00. A second memorial will be held in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday 20 May.
The talented singer will be laid to rest on Saturday 21 May in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.
Fraser was born in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal before finding her voice as a backup vocalist in Johannesburg. She sang for the likes of Hugh Masekela, Rebecca Malope and Jonas Gwangwa.
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