Award Winning Gospel Artist Deborah Fraser Has Passed Away.. Renowned South African gospel singer Dr Deborah Fraser has died following a short illness. She was 57 years old.
Reports show that she was ill and had been wheelchair bound after recent health complications.
According to a statement released by the family on Sunday afternoon, the ‘Abanye bayombona’ hitmaker passed away this afternoon at her home surrounded by family and loved ones.
Part of the statement from the family reads,
It is with deep sadness to inform you of the passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend, and Gospel musician, Deborah Fraser following a short Illness. She passed on today (Sunday) after midday, in the presence of her family and friends.
As Deborah Fraser’s family we would like to be given space to process and deal with this very tragic situation.
The public will be further informed of any developments.
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A few years ago, Dr Deborah Frazer revealed her battle with diabetes.
According to friends and family, she had been critically ill for the past seven days.
The Sowetan reports that in February this year, she spent weeks at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital following a diabetic attack.
After she recovered, however, she could not walk and had to be confined to a wheelchair. She also struggled with night blindness and dizziness.
Fraser started her career as a backing vocalist in 1985.
She later launched a solo career and recorded her solo album in 2000, titled Abanye Bayombona. The album was a certified hit and sold more than 1 million copies.
Her other albums include Udlalile Ngabantu, Giloria, Isililo, Umsamaria, Awusenasabelo, Umqhele, Thanksgiving and Uhambo.
During her illustrious music career, she won numerous awards, including the SABC Crown Gospel Music Award in the Best Female Artist category.