RnB Singer Puff Johnson Dies of Cervical Cancer

By Staff Writer | 2013-06-25 16:36
Puff Johnson. Photo: MTV Base

Puff Johnson. Photo: MTV Base

RnB singer Puff Johnson died of cervical cancer on the 24th of June at the age of 40. Johnson was born in December 10, 1972 in the city of Detroit in Michigan, USA. She rose to fame in 1996 after releasing the album “Miracle”, which had popular tracks like “Forever more”, “Over and Over”, “God Sent You” and “True Meaning of Love”.

“In 1997, Johnson toured Europe as an opening act for Michael Jackson and 3T. Her debut album was also certified silver in the UK. Towards the end of the year Miracle reached Top 40 in the Netherlands and the single “Over & Over” hit the Top 20″ (Wikipedia). It seems like she was one of MJ’s big fans. Last year in November, while apparently watching TV, Johnson tweeted: “Thanks to whom ever thought of putting the MJ special on today… What a genius.. Miss him…” Seven months later, she died a day before the day MJ died. MJ died on the 25th of June 2009.

Although Puff Johnson hadn’t released another album since 1996, she still had many fans in South Africa. Most of those who love romantic music knew her. According to her Wikipedia biography, she came to South Africa in January 2009 to do a concert in Johannesburg. Because of the nice treatment she received, she decided to stay in the country and become a South African citizen, saying she had never met people as friendly and welcoming as South Africans.

Ishmael Morabe and Puff Johnson at the 2009 MTN South African Music Awards. Picture: Thabane Maja

Ishmael Morabe and Puff Johnson at the 2009 MTN South African Music Awards. Picture: Thabane Maja

Unfortunately, she did not have the “proper documentation” (most probably a visa), and Home Affairs was legally forced to deport her in 2010, The Independent Online reported.

However, according to Sowetan, she stayed in South Africa for more than two years and only decided to return to the US in order to spend time with her friends and family when she was no longer responding well to chemotherapy.

Puff Johnson’s American fiancé Kip Collins, who was a music producer, died in 2006 in a motorcycle accident. According to unconfirmed reports, while she was living in South Africa, she dated South African singer Ishmael Morabe. At that time, Ishmael was reportedly fighting his drug addiction.

According to an article published in 2011 on TV SA, Ishmael’s drug addiction ruined their relationship and he was unable to look after her while she was sick. Today, after learning of Johnson’s death, Ishmael Tweeted: “May her wonderful soul rest in peace, @ least the pain is gone. Puff puff pass!”