GALLERY | A look inside Deborah Fraser’s memorial service

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Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)
  • Award-winning gospel musician Deborah Fraser passed away on Sunday, 15 May 2022, after a short illness.
  • The 56-year-old's memorial service was held on Thursday, 19 May 2022, in Rispark, Johannesburg.
  • Guests who included Lina Ngcobo, Sipho Makhabela, Jabu Hlongwane, Kholeka and Nomcebo Zikode all remembered the star through musical tributes.


On Thursday, 19 May 2022, gospel artists, celebrities, family members, close friends and fans of late gospel musician Deborah Fraser gathered at the House of Treasures in Rispark, Johannesburg, to celebrate the life of the late star.

The 56-year-old passed away on 15 May 2022 at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto after a short illness, according to a statement issued by her family.

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During the memorial service, those who were close to the Abanye Bayombona hit-maker took to the stage to share stories about her life and revealed how the singer had been struggling with her health after being diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago.

Guests - who included Lina Ngcobo, Sipho Makhabela, Jabu Hlongwane, Kholeka and Nomcebo Zikode - all remembered the star through musical tributes. The program directors for the day were music producer, Percy Ingle and Given Matabela.

During his speech, celebrated musician and producer Chicco Twala slammed the government for not financially assisting artist during the Covid-19 pandemic. He also revealed that Deborah had to find an alternative source of income and had no medical aid.

“I met Deborah at Southgate Mall last year and was pained to discover that she had been selling eggs from the boot of her car. I never thought that somebody who has contributed so much to our industry could not get support from the government,” he revealed before saying that it was shameful that the singer had died at a public hospital.

Here’s a look inside the memorial service of Deborah Fraser:

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-MAY 19: Deborah Fraser
Inside Deborah Fraser's memorial service. (Photos by Gallo Images/Media24/Luba Lesolle)

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