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South African Award-winning Gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away

Legendary gospel singer Deborah Fraser has passed away. Deborah, whose health took a turn for the worst last week when she suffered a stroke, died at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital this afternoon.

She was 56-years-old.

According to close friends, she had been critically ill for the past seven days.

The Gospel singer who is known for hits like Abanye Bayombona and Hamba Sathane has been struggling with diabetes for years. In February this year, she spent weeks at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. After she recovered from the serious diabetic attack she could not walk and had to be confined to a wheelchair, while she also struggled with night blindness or dizziness.

Fraser began her career in 1985 as a backing singer, and recorded her own album in 2000, titled Abanye Bayombona. The album has sold more than 1m copies. She has had a successful and illustrious music career. She won the SABC Crown Gospel Music Award in the Best Female Artist category.

She has released albums such as Udlalile NgabantuGiloriaIsililoUmsamariaAwusenasabeloUmqheleThanksgiving and Uhambo.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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