South African-based Zimbabwean doctor and radio DJ, Sindi van Zyl has died, aged 45.
She had been in hospital since February after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
A crowdfunding campaign for Van Zyl’s medical bills raised more than R1m.
Van Zyl’s family announced her death in a statement on Saturday. It said:
The Van Zyl family humbly thank everyone who stood together with them recently to help raise funds for Sindi’s hospital bill, in addition to the national outpour of prayer, love and support for her.
Sadly she passed away on Saturday morning April 10 in Johannesburg while in hospital.
Affectionately known by her friends and family, she was a great doctor, true friend and sister. Her love for family, friends, work and community is well known.
Sindi always offered support and great advice to educate those around her. Not only was she a beacon of love and light on her Kaya FM show Sidebar with Sindi and all her social media platforms, but she genuinely loved and gave endlessly to all she knew with grace and kindness. She modelled the love and grace that she knew in Jesus.
She leaves behind her dear husband Marinus and beautiful children, Nandi and Manie.
The family humbly request that you respect their need for privacy as they go through this difficult period of grieving, and ask that you keep them in your prayers.
They are deeply thankful for all the personal messages of love and support. They are felt and appreciated.
The statement said details of a memorial service and funeral will be confirmed at a later stage.
Van Zyl was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her mother was from KwaZulu-Natal and her father from Zimbabwe.
She moved to SA to study medicine at the University of Pretoria.
MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has expressed condolences over Van Zyl’s untimely death. He tweeted:
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Dr Sindi Van Zyl, a popular Zimbabwean doctor based in South Africa. She carried the African flag high and made an unforgettable contribution to the lives of many. She made us proud and will be sadly missed. RIP
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Dr Sindi Van Zyl, a popular Zimbabwean doctor based in South Africa. She carried the African flag high and made an unforgettable contribution to the lives of many. She made us proud and will be sadly missed. RIP 🇿🇼🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/HzBpnHNEZH
— nelson chamisa🇿🇼 (@nelsonchamisa) April 10, 2021