Veteran TV and radio personality Robert Jeremy Clayton Mansfield has died, his close friend Samantha Cowen confirmed in a statement on Monday.
“This morning a light went out in the world. Jeremy Mansfield passed away just before dawn. He died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends and boundless love.
“Jeremy lived large. He didn’t know how to do small. He loved hard, laughed loud and managed to combine mischief and mayhem with heart and soul. The city was brighter and lighter with him on the airwaves. He changed lives every day. When he wasn’t raising millions for charity, he was raising fresh hell.
“Under a naughty exterior Jeremy had a huge soft heart. A lot of people got to see and hear that over the radio but he saved his vulnerability for a select few. He was determined the world be a better and shinier and funnier place and he drove the road to that destination at 1,000 miles an hour with no rearview mirror, all of the rest of us clinging on for dear life.
“We will miss him. The family is devastated and is asking for privacy during this time.”
Mansfield was diagnosed with liver cancer in January after a previous battle with leukaemia. Doctors confirmed he had stage 4 cancer, and he was put on treatment immediately.
Jeremy was born on the 15th of August, 1963 in Grahamstown. On his birthday this year, at 5am, Mansfield lost his mother.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqui and daughter, Gabriella.