MasterChef SA contestant dies

Cape Town – One of the most popular contestants on the local version of MasterChef South Africa has died.

According to Netwerk24, Sarel (Loots) van Sabie, died of a sudden heart attack early on Monday morning.

His family is still waiting for the official results of a post-mortem.

Sarel was one of the contestants on the popular reality show in 2012. He was still sharing recipes on his Facebook and Twitter profiles on Sunday night.

Sarel’s Facebook page was also flooded with messages from his fans this morning.

“With Great Loss we heard of your passing this morning. Big Loss to many. Deepest Sympathies to your family and loved ones, (sic)” Llewellyn Sharon Trask‎ wrote.

Renata Naidoo wrote; “RIP Sarel, We are definately going to miss ur recipes. U were really an inspiration to me, when I tried out for Masterchef! (sic)”

Family, friends and colleagues of Sarel Loots are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle or lay a flower for him, on his profile at

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