It is with great sadness that we report the passing of DJ Dr Sindi van Zyl. The medical doctor, and former Kaya FM presenter, lost her battle with COVID-19 today, April 10, at the age of 45-years-old. She has been fighting for her life in hospital since February 2021, reports Times Live.
The tragic news follows South Africans rallying together to raise funds for the doctor, who became popular on Twitter for offering medical and non-medical advice.
EWN reported that the doctor’s medical funds depleted.
Following her diagnosis, she spent seven weeks in intensive care, costing up to R200,000 a week, continued Times Live.
DJ Dr Sindi van Zyl’s family said the following in a statement:
“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 whilst 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.
“She leaves behind her dear husband Marinus and beautiful kids, 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.”
Naturally, South African admirers have taken to social media to express their grief over such a tragic loss.
Today we are saddened to learn that Dr Sindi passed away. She was one of the most beautiful souls on Twitter and her life's mission was to mend lives. May her amazing soul rest in peace. #RIPDrSindi pic.twitter.com/LQD7LKDAZX
— Christo 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 (@ChristoThurston) April 10, 2021
I used to refer to Dr Sindi as my Twitter mom because I'd gotten a few comment from people who said we looked alike😂😂😂 She ended up fake adopting me on Twitter. She was one of a kind. May her beautiful soul rest in peace. Heaven gained an angel❤❤ pic.twitter.com/4i1nLQ6UdY
— MPHO 🌻 (@MphoMoalamedi) April 10, 2021
Dr Sindi’s passing leaves all of us cold and sad. She lived an exemplary life of giving, selflessness and grace. To her family, especially her kids she – condolences. We share your loss. pic.twitter.com/vPON26Ovv1
— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) April 10, 2021
— 🇿🇦🇨🇩 (@pinkdoll_love) April 10, 2021