RIP Dr Sindi Van Zyl: South Africa lost ‘such a great Queen’

Renowned physician, Radio DJ and researcher, Dr Sindi Van Zyl, passed away on Saturday, 10 April 2021 at the age of 45, after battling COVID-19 for two months.

Dr Sindi was also known for her columns in Health24 and Bona Magazine and made a guest appearance on 7de Laan to raise awareness about living with HIV.

RIP Dr Sindi Van Zyl: 3 April 1976 – 10 April 2021

The news of her passing was shared by Dr Sindi’s family, who said she “passed away on Saturday morning in Johannesburg while in hospital.” The family added:

“Affectionately known by her friends and family, she was a great doctor, true friend and sister. Her love for family, friends, work and community is well known”.

The Van Zyl family also “humbly thank everyone who stood together with them recently to help raise funds for Sindi’s hospital bill, in addition to the national outpour of prayer, love and support for her”.

COVID-19 diagnosis

Back in March, Dr Sindi took to social media and thanked all her friends and family for their prayers and messages when she was diagnosed with COVID-19, saying “so much can change in the blink of an eye”.

“One week I was playing the piano for the Caramellos and the next thing I was intubated in hospital with COVID-19. […] I am still in hospital by the way. Still a long way to go. Keep praying for my family please and of course for me”.

At the time, Dr Sindi had to resign from Kaya FM, which she described as a “sad but realistic decision that had to be made considering the rehabilitation that lies ahead”.

Tributes pour in for Dr Sindi Van Zyl

South Africans took to social media to pay tribute to Dr Sindi, with chef Lesego Semenya recalling how she “forced [him] to wear a top that showed off [his] tattoos”. Semenya adds:

“You were full of love for life and people. A void has been opened that will never be filled”.

The Daniel Marven Foundation said on Twitter that it “mourns the death of Dr Sindi van Zyl”, and sent its “deepest condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and to South Africa for losing such a great Queen”.

“One of the most loving and good people from next door. I’m glad to have learnt a lot from her whilst she was still alive”.

Mitchell Mhlanga

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