TV personality Angie Diale, 55, has passed away
Another sad loss is plastering the timeline on social media in South Africa after the news emerged on Thursday that popular TV presenter and HIV activist Angie Diale has passed away on Thursday.
According to a statement released by a family spokesperson, Angie died on Thursday following a short illness.
“She was complaining of shortness of breath and subsequently treated at Tshepo Temba Hospital yesterday and later transferred to Leratong Hospital where she sadly passed in the early hours of this morning. The cause of death has been confirmed to be Pneumonia, [sic]” said the statement.
Afromambo understands the former Please Step In and Relate presenter, on Mzansi Magic’s and SABC 1, respectively, is survived by her mother, husband, and two children. In addition to presenting, she was an authority on health and relationship matters, which saw her taking on the role of a counsellor.
While details of the memorial service and funeral are yet to be confirmed, social media was awash with a flood of tributary messages as South Africans from all walks of life remembered the life and times of the fallen star.
Remembered for being assertive
Many shared fond memories of watching her on TV and praised the strong, stoic and assertive manner in which she delivered presenting. One person reminisced about seeing her on Please Step In, saying when she reprimanded a person on national TV, it felt like she was talking to them.
@KhukhwaneS wrote: “This is the type of woman we need to celebrate at all cost, honesty and brave. she resolved a lot of family problems. Rest in peace, ma’am Angie.”
@MoiponeAest added: “May her soul rest in peace. Mam Angie normalised interventions and social work services in our communities.”