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In memoriam

Last month we commemorated the lives of broadcaster Larry King, local politician Jackson Mthembu and jazz legend Jonas Gwangwa. The entertainment industry has now lost beloved US actress Cicely Tyson and iconic South African songstress, Sibongile Khumalo. UK humanitarian, Sir Tom Moore, also lost his life this week. 

Cicely Tyson died at age 96. She published her memoir, Just As I Am, days before her death. She forged her path in acting with her first role in the 1959 Harry Belafonte film Odds Against Tomorrow. Her career went on to span five decades.

Sibongile Khumalo, from Soweto, died at age 63. With her limitless vocal prowess, she dominated the genres of opera, jazz, and pop music to global acclaim. 

WW2 veteran Sir Tom Moore died of Covid-19 at age 100. He rose to fame during lockdown when he walked 100 laps around his yard to raise over R600 million for the National Health Service to fight the coronavirus. Rest well. 

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This brief was originally published in The Wrap here.

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