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SA radio veteran Jeremy Mansfield passes away at 59

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South African radio and TV broadcaster Jeremy Mansfield has passed away at the age of 59 after battling stage four liver cancer.

Mansfield’s death was confirmed by his close friend and former colleague Samantha Cowen, on Monday.

Cowen wrote in a post on Facebook that he passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends and boundless love.

“Jeremy lived large, he didn’t know how to do small. He loved hard, laughed loud and managed to combine mischief and mayhem with heart and soul. The city was brighter and lighter with him on the airwaves, he changed lives every day. When he wasn’t raising millions for charity, he was raising fresh hell!

“Under a naughty exterior Jeremy had a huge soft heart. A lot of people got to see and hear that over the radio but he saved his vulnerability for a select few,” she said.

Mansfield was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in January after a previous battle with leukaemia 13 years prior. In August 2022, the veteran media personality took to Facebook to reveal his cancer was terminal and only subject to palliative care.

Originally from Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, he had a successful career that spanned over three decades. He started on Capital Radio 604 in 1985, and hung up his headphones for the final time when he left Hot 91.9FM last year.

He worked at several other radio stations as a presenter and voice-over artist, and also presented numerous television shows, and inserts for popular television magazine programmes.

Written by: Kelly-Jane Turner

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