PRESIDENT OF THE AIRWAVES MOURNED
By: Thobele Nzama
Condolences continue to pour for Metro FM’s Eddie Zondi, who died after complaining about chest pains on Monday, reports say.
Zondi’s death came as a shock to listeners who went on social networking sites to voice out their anger at ‘a bad joke.’
Mcvana Sive on Facebook wrote: “If this is true why so quiet about it. Stop spreading bad rumours.”
For many people, Zondi’s voice was synonymous with the smooth sounds of R&B that he used to play on the show he presented, the Romantic Repertoire on Sundays between 3pm and 6pm.
Metro FM Communications Manager Happy Ngidi, said Zondi (47) who had worked for the station for 18 years, was rushed to hospital after complaining of chest pains at his home in Ruimsig, Randburg, on Monday morning.
The DA sent out its condolences.
“Zondi was a legend in the broadcasting industry and will be dearly missed. His contributions to the broadcasting and music industry will forever be remembered, and South Africa’s Sundays will never be the same.”
And on Twitter…
@RediTlhabi: “No wait… Eddie Zondi? Oh no! Another young person dies of a heart attack. Sunday afternoon radio will never be the same.”
@CathyMohlahlana: “I can’t believe that Eddie Zondi has passed away. He made Sunday afternoons in boarding school so much better.”
@RomeoKumalo: “So very sad to hear about the passing of Eddie Zondi. He was an amazing talent with a wicked sense of humor. Hamba kahle bhakaniya.”
@Miss_LIRA: “So sad to hear of Eddie Zondi’s passing. He was a great supporter of my music. May his beautiful soul rest peacefully.”
@Eusebius: “Some of you were conceived with the help of bra Eddie Zondi.”
@NomvulaMokonyan: Having enjoyed your session yesterday even on tv, now hear that you no more? Death be not proud. Rest in Peace Bro Eddie Zondi!!
The Romantic Repertoire had 1.8 million listeners. Zondi has also released four compilation CDs, titled Zondi’s Romantic Ballads.