Real Housewives of Johannesburg season one star Naledi Willers has died.
News of Willers’ passing broke on Wednesday morning through close friends. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019.
Real Housewives of Johannesburg producer Sonia Mbele confirmed Willers’ passing.
“I think everyone that knew, lived with and loved Naledi knows what a loss it is. She loved hard and lived life to the fullest.
“Her relationship with her mom was very inspiring and made one want to do better when it came to that.” Mbele said:
Co-star Christall Kay sent condolences to Willers’ family.
“My sincere condolences go out to her family and her friends. It is such a shock to all of us because we had no idea that she was suffering from any illness,” Kay said.
Willers was part of the original Real Housewives cast when it premiered in 2018. The Botswana-born beauty was married to Metro FM radio host Quinton “Naked DJ” Masina, but they parted ways in 2019.
Kay described Willers as “bold”.
“We were definitely colleagues on the show so I can say she was very bold and a beautiful girl. She really made an impact. She was not scared for fight and that is for sure because we had a couple of fiery scenes.”
Willers’s close friend and co-star Brinnette Seopela could not speak as she was emotional.
“I won’t lie, it is not easy,” she said before breaking down.
Willer shared the news of her battle with cancer on her social media.
“If I look like I’ve just been through a war, it’s because I have. On November 29 2019 I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer. This was also the day I wrote the last exam of my law degree … while waiting for the call bearing my results.
“I spent the past short while posting pictures taken around this time last year so I can show what a difference a year makes … and also to say that through all those changes, I’m still here. Still fighting? Does the fight for survival ever end? I choose to say: Still healing. Still improving. Every day I draw another breath … still winning.”