Deborah Fraser finally buried following delay due to KZN floods

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Deborah Fraser's memorial service.
Deborah Fraser's memorial service.
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  • Gospel artist Deborah Fraser's burial had to be delayed due to the floods that happened in KZN over the weekend.
  • The star was buried by close friends and family members on 24 May at the Lala Kahle Cemetery in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Family spokesperson Busi Shibhodze says the family had no choice but to delay the burial.


On Saturday, 21 May, a funeral service for late gospel singer Deborah Fraser was held at The Station Venue in Durban. However, due to flooding that occurred in the area at the time, the family could not bury the star.

Speaking to TRUELOVE, family spokesperson Busi Shibodze said that the singer had been buried at the Lala Kahle Cemetery in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.

“The burial was attended by family and friends,” she says.

Busi also said that the family had no choice but to delay the burial due to the floods.

“The situation was beyond control and as much as it was hard, we all had no choice,” she explains.

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In a statement sent to TRUELOVE, the family of the late musician thanked fans, members of the media and those who helped to arrange the memorial service as well as the funeral service for supporting them.

“On behalf of the Tshabalala, Fraser and Arocka family, kindly accept our deepest gratitude for coming through for us in our time of grief. The passing of our beloved sister Dr Deborah Fraser took us by surprise,” the statement reads.

“The only way to balance death is to live an impactful life. In as much as death is painful, we find comfort in knowing that our dear sister, mother, daughter, Dr Deborah Fraser lived a purposeful life and had a positive impact on the lives of others. All these great moments of impact make us have great ending. Thank you for walking with us through this journey and for carrying us with your prayers and support,” the statement continues.

Deborah Fraser died on Sunday, 15 May 2022, following a short illness. She was 56 years old. Her memorial service was held at the House of Treasures Ministries in Rispark, Johannesburg, on 19 May 2022 and was attended by fans, family members, friends and industry colleagues including, Kholeka, Hle, Jabu Hlongwane and Sipho Mkhabane, among others.

Speaking to TRUELOVE on the day of the memorial service, musician Lina Ngcobo - who was a close friend of Deborah’s - said that she will miss having someone who she shared everything with.

“Deborah and I were friends from a long time ago and before we had children. Our friendship was very solid and whenever any of us had problems, we’d confide in each other because we loved and trusted each other so much,” an emotional Lina said.

“Even though I’ve witnessed her being ill, I had hope that she’d recover like she always did. When she got admitted in hospital in February this year, she did not let me know and once she was out, I confronted her about that and told her we can’t keep such things from each other.

“I didn’t realise that she’d leave me a few months afterwards but what I appreciate is that my last moments with her were spent with us praying together as well as with my husband,” she added.

“I’m going to miss her love and her friendship so much,” a teary Lina concluded.

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