BONGANI Njoli, the voice of e.tv, was reviving his career when he died.
According to the channel, he was in the studio to do a voice-over for a new campaign last month, but it was postponed because he was sick.
Bongani, who did voice-overs for the station for more than 10 years, died at the age of 53 on Sunday, 22 January.
Corporate communications manager Bennum van Jaarsveld said: “His untimely passing comes as a shock. He was in studio with us in December 2022 for a new movie campaign but unfortunately, as he was too weak to record, we put the campaign on hold.”
Van Jaarsveld said Bongani was a legend.
“As the most recognisable voice of our Friday Action Night movie promos and weekend blockbusters, Bongs was a true legend and part of the e family for 17 years,” he said.
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Van Jaarsveld said the channel had reached out to the family and would be helping with the funeral.
Bongani’s niece Bongiwe said he fell ill a few months before his death.
“He got sick in October and it got worse as the months went on.”
Bongiwe said Bongani was loved by all his family members.
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“He leaves behind his mum, sister and brother.
“He also leaves behind his daughter Thembisa, nieces Bongiwe, Sibulele and Amanda and his partner Sharon Mrawuli,” said Bongiwe.
“He was a very loving person and always cared for his family.
“He was a man of peace, integrity and humanity. He would sacrifice the little he had for us.
“Even his kids called him ‘malume’, as he was affectionately known in the family,” she said.
He will be buried on 4 February at his home in Langa, Cape Town.