YoTV has expressed its shock and sadness following the untimely death of its former anchor, Lumko Johnson Lekela.
FORMER YOTV STAR GONE TOO SOON
On Facebook, the children’s show wrote: “We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of former YoTV host Lumko Johnson, also known as ‘Lamkizi’. The South African socialite was born and raised in the Eastern Cape with dreams of making it big and he made sure he left his mark.
As a teenager, Lumko joined YoTV, a platform that brought the star into the public sphere.
“Your charisma and passion for the media have made a huge contribution to pop culture, and we believe you have had a positive impact on the youth of our generation. Calm down, Lumko, we will never forget you.”
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According to the report, Lumko flew out on Wednesday, September 14, after a short hospitalization.
FULL STATEMENT FROM LUMKO REPRESENTATIVES
The statement went on to say:
Lumko first entered the public sphere as a teenager on the popular SABC 1 YoTV platform. They went on to pursue careers in broadcasting, radio and the media in general.
In their own words, Lumko was an “accomplished TV and radio super-producer, actor, writer and multi-talented figure.”
This is a terrible loss for the Lekela family, their loved ones, the LGBTQIA+ community and ultimately the South African broadcasting and television community.
Lumko lived a life filled with purpose and authenticity. As we process this shock as a community, let’s remember their light in this world.
Details on memorial and funeral arrangements will be shared by the family in due course. The family asks the public and media to respect their privacy as they grieve this difficult loss.
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