Watch | Deborah Fraser Memorial service in Johannesburg

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Friends say the talented gospel singer Deborah Fraser was a straight talker but also cared for orphans.
Friends say the talented gospel singer Deborah Fraser was a straight talker but also cared for orphans.
Frennie Shivambu/Galloimages

NEWS


Close relatives and friends will pay their last respects to gospel legend Deborah Fraser at a memorial service to held at the House of Treasures Ministries in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Fraser, who passed away on Sunday morning after a short illness, will be laid to rest in Durban on Saturday.

News of her passing sent shock waves across the country with gospel star Rebecca Malope describing Fraser’s music as soothing and comforting.

Malope said: 

The industry has lost an icon and one of the greatest talents we have produced.

“I could not believe it ... such a young and gifted woman of God. I knew she had sugar diabetes. My mother also suffered from the illness and I know it is a difficult illness to live with.”

Fraser’s family said she passed on in the presence of close friends and relatives.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you of the passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend, and gospel musician, Deborah Fraser following a short illness. She passed on Sunday after midday, in the presence of her family and friends,” the family said in a statement.

Fraser, who was featured in the City Press Mother’s Day special a fortnight ago, revealed that she was wheelchair-bound after being diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure.

READ: Abundant prayer for Fraser on Mother’s Day

Internationally acclaimed musician and her daughter-in-law Nomcebo Zikode took to her Instagram with a picture of Fraser standing next to her and captioned it:

Rest in peace mom.

The Siyakhothama hitmaker vomited and then collapsed on her way to an event in Klerksdorp in the North West in February. She was admitted at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto for a month.

Fraser began her music career in 1985 as a backing singer. She recorded her first album Abanye Bayombona in 2000. She has become a household name and the Christian Leadership Academy conferred an honorary PhD in sacred music last year.

Watch here memorial service here

 
facebook
twitter
linkedin
instagram

Delivering the 

news you need

+27 11 713 9001
news@citypress.co.za
www.citypress.co.za
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24

E-Editions

Read the digital editions of City Press here.
Read now
Voting Booth
According to a letter Health Minister Joe Phaahla sent to MECs, the country is ready to get rid of masks in public as a health protocol. Is it time to go maskless?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
About time
62% - 156 votes
No
38% - 97 votes
Vote