Heart doctor’s death is a loss for SA – Ramaphosa
TRIBUTES have poured in for South African cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, who died on Friday.
“It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing away of Professor Bongani Mayosi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town,” vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said.
“The university is in touch with Professor Mayosi’s family, who is appreciative of all messages of support and condolences, but requests that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.”
A statement issued by the family said: “It is with great sadness that we‚ the Mayosi family‚ announce the passing of our husband‚ son‚ father‚ brother and uncle‚ Bongani Mayosi.
“Bongani died on the morning of 27 July 2018. In the last two years he has battled with depression and on that day took the desperate decision to end his life.”
Mayosi, 51, had been dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT since September 2016, after being head of the Department of Medicine at Groote Schuur and UCT since 2006.
His work focused on heart diseases, particularly those prevalent in developing countries. He led a groundbreaking series of multinational research studies into the management of pericarditis, including an African trial of the use of steroids in treating TB pericarditis. More recently, Mayosi led the first large-scale, multinational study of rheumatic heart disease.
In 2009, Mayosi was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe, the county’s highest honour.
President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday extended condolences to Mayosi’s family.
“His death is indeed an enormous loss not only to his family but to the country as a whole,” Ramaphosa said.
“On behalf of the government and South Africans as a whole, we convey our most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and relatives and the health science fraternity. May his soul rest in peace.” – African News Agency (ANA)
Top South African cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, who died on Friday.