RnB Singer Puff Johnson Dies of Cervical Cancer


PUBLISHED: 25-Jun-2013 16:36 UTC+02:00
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!”


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  1. Monica says:

    I will always love her. This is so sad. May she rest in peace :(

  2. Petunia says:

    May Her Soul Rest In Peace,she will always be remembered….

  3. Ruth says:

    I’m really saddened by this. I loved this lady. RIP luv.

  4. Kelebogile says:

    May her soul rest in peace, ts sad tha shes gone, love her miracles album i dont know how may tyms i lost &bought that album

  5. thato kgwantha says:

    I loved her like she is my sister I have all her songs I will truly miss her voice

  6. nkule sibiiya says:

    I realised that you were so special, may your soul rest in peace

  7. sinky r fani. says:

    i will mis her beauty when singing.please help me im falling……….wow puffy.rest in peace.

  8. Mlo says:

    I cant believe an angel was among us in SA and I didn’t know until she was gone. So sad…

  9. Tholoana Mpho says:

    Im only seventeen nd i love all her songs though she rose to fame around the tym i was born.. Her death hs really touchd me… I was shockd to learn about it as i had no idea she suffrd of cancer… May her soul rest in peace… Bye bye puff puff

  10. Vicky says:

    May your soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace Puff…your are one of the angels now…

  11. Slindile says:

    So sad:( may your soul rest in peace Puffy, your beautiful voice will remain with us.

  12. samora says:

    I’m lost for words puffy,such a beautiful soul,u were trully a God send,like u said“God sent you to love and comfort me”,your music really comforted me n many many others
    May you rest in peace my sister

  13. windy says:

    I love u where ever you are,I love the true meaning of love frm her album may your soul rest in peace,love always

  14. Jacs says:

    My your soul rest in peace Puff, may God send His angels to take you to a safe plaace. “God sent you” my favourite song of old times

  15. sandra ismail says:

    awwww im truly sad, May her soul rest in peace. An amazing singer…..

  16. TheGlo says:

    Rest in Peace Puff Puff,loved ur music!!!Forever More *singing*

  17. tebogo says:

    i hate to say this but i cant accept u gone sister
    may your soul rest in peace and your music will always heal our hearts

  18. zamzo says:

    Ur music has healed our souls nd now its ur turn to be healed may the almighty God be with u all the way, u wl always be luvd

  19. Boledi says:

    Whenever im hurt i knew that there was someone to lift me up,she was indeed a songbird,she is at peace…Heaven has just received an angel!

  20. SHAVI says:

    MAY UR SOUL REST IN PEACE..

  21. chuchuchrains says:

    R.I.P. Puff

  22. lorraine says:

    May ur soil rest in peace Puffy puffy . We ll always love u $ ur music

  23. Tshidi Motrax says:

    All condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. Another artist had fallen. Sad indeed more than words can express. May ur soul rest in peace. ur soul lives thru ur music…

  24. Shirley Malatji says:

    R.I.P. to our sistah Puff Johnson a beautiful spirit. A beautiful voice now a beautiful Angel.*Please Help I’m falling….*Singing

  25. Yvonne says:

    May she rest in peace

  26. Mahlompho says:

    #tears rolling out#i stil cnt blv wat m reading yaz,i mean her voice waz so so pure n magical …every tme i listen 2 her music ma mind jst go far away 4rm wer i am,may her soul rest in peace n i’l always love her

  27. nomvuyo sipunzi gwambes says:

    MAy her soul rest in peace she was truly an angel

  28. Kay meister says:

    We will always love you..go well

  29. Matimbas says:

    GOD SENT YOU…

  30. Dikeledi says:

    I cannot believe we lost such a wonderful and romantic person. My deepest condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace. I will forever love you Puff Johnson”forever more’……..

  31. Tim says:

    I wish I had a chance to date her while she was here in SA. I would have taken good care of her.

  32. margy says:

    May her soul Rest in Peace,we will always luv and mis HER

  33. Ntsoaki says:

    may her soul rest in peace

  34. Moagi kabelo says:

    I didn knw up until i hear it 4rm metro bcuz i last heard dt she ws in S.A but may ur soul rest in peace ur voice is 4eva with us big sis!

  35. bulie says:

    Rest in peace Puff, forever more you will be remembered.

  36. chella says:

    rest in peace girl….your music will be missed.

  37. candy says:

    God send U and HE took u, GOD knows our times. And no one can change it except GOD. R.I.P, I still have your CD miracle, I’ll always remember U with it.

  38. innocent says:

    i loved her music very much.i wil always remember u puff j. rest in peace.forever more

  39. kagiso says:

    I_dnt_hve_anything_to_say_bt_dt_il_forevalve_u_RIP

  40. leetee millie says:

    ooooooooooops am real hurt,i realy lve hr nd hr music deeply.RIP songbird u touched our hearts……….my deeply condolesence to hr family mostly nd hr followers…ul alwys b missed

  41. Mavusana says:

    Rest In Peace my sister PJ,forever more you’ll be in our thoughts.

  42. adelaide lekoledi says:

    May her soul rest in piece,still love her so much:(

  43. Ntaoleng says:

    I grew up listening to her..Singing along to her music frm the age of eleven..Im saddened we’ve lost big tym. may her soul be in peace.
    j

  44. Sciber says:

    Its amazing how her passing has really saddend some of us. I feel like she connected more with us South Africans since she stayed here for years. I luv you so much & may your soul & spirit be at peace.

  45. siphindile says:

    :'(:'( may your soul rest in peace in gods warm hand will miss u and always be loved

  46. nonhlanhla says:

    May her soul rest in piece, love the song True meaning of love #sada#

  47. Ronnie says:

    May her soul rest in peace

  48. Psychology says:

    I love you Ewanya ‘Puff’ Johnson. You gave us so much than we can imagine. Your music is Godly, with the power of healing, awakening, illuminating and inspiration. May Grace grace you with the Lily and beyond. Shine On with Light of the Creator throughout the universe. Love you infinitely.

  49. Puleng Molete says:

    Rest in peace PJ shoooo! I can’t believe this hau bathong!!

  50. roti Xavier kaila says:

    May ur good soul rest god’s peace!!!!!!!!

  51. ella says:

    May ur good soul rest in perfect peace,4 ever luv u big sis!!!!!!

  52. Antoine Odom says:

    I will truly miss you and all the great time we had together all over the world we traveled and partied hard…R.I.P. Puff Johnson your cousin Antoine Odom will always keep your memory alive…I promise and regardless…you were and still is a very special part of me..fun times and great memories even though we fought like cat and dogs..!!

  53. Laila says:

    Thank you for your wonderful music, May your soul rest in peace dear

  54. Ruth says:

    Listening to Metro FM. They are playing all her songs. She was really good. What a voice. I feel like crying…

  55. judith says:

    wow dis hurts i just heard today dat she left us wat i beautiful soul nd great music she made wow it hurts so bad im even cryng i feel liyk i lost sumthng dat is a part of my happiness

  56. Nhlanhla K says:

    Very sad :'( too sad, will pray for her soul, God Sent U best song made. Will love u Forever More. Really saddened.

  57. tumie mphuthi says:

    wow !! Gone too soon though**
    may her soul rest in peace…deepest condolecence to her family

  58. Ansa says:

    I still cry over her whenever i play her music. Loved her madly. Now i figure heaven its an enjoyable place took away her, my luther vandross, Witney keep asking myself who gonna bless me..sad

  59. Nomfundo Shezi says:

    Jst lost my mom in february,my granny in may nd now my sister Puff j…ay itz sad,but god alwayz haz a purpose,he givez nd he takes,thatz jst da way nature operates..may her soul rest in peace darling…

  60. jabulani bugaluv says:

    i nvr knw dat she past on sad 4 dayz tear drop.

  61. tshenolo says:

    What a sweet girl,with a beautiful woman,may her soul rest in peace

  62. Tintswalo Mabunda says:

    May your soul rest in peace Puff Johnson.

  63. chase says:

    I am sadden to have found out about this tragedy trying to locate a copy of her cd ” Miracle”. I have listened to her music from the beginning of her career and through her transition. What a beautiful spirit and a pleasant soul of Puff Johnson. This feels as if I have lost a family member and a dear friend. For the Lord knows best ! Puff Johnson may you rest in peace and gracefully present with the Lord. I will continue to listen to your peaceful and encouraging words/lyrics.

  64. Carmoo says:

    I’m still shocked abt her death, didn’t realize that she was going through so much pain… Miss u Miss PJ!!!…

  65. monty chieza says:

    Dont know how I missed such news..she was one of my best artist to emerge from the nineties.. Am so pained.. Rip puff

  66. siphamandla says:

    R……..I………….p. Puff johnson. Thank you for your wonderful music

  67. Mokete Jollity says:

    May she rest peacefully. We will Forever More love and miss her Angelic voice. She was truly a God Sent. It is so sad that we lost her, but keep singing with the Angels Puffy!!

  68. katlego says:

    rest Rip..i nrver knew,you were gone!

  69. Jacob Moleleki says:

    Your may be gone but your music remains an inspiration to us. May your soul rest in peace.

  70. Jacob Moleleki says:

    You may be gone but your music remains an inspiration to us. May your soul rest in peace.

  71. sibusiso dior nkosi says:

    just had the news today its very so sad (r.i.p)

  72. Ms.Licia says:

    I searched and searched for you just to one day look for your song “God sent you” on YouTube where I saw “Rest in Peace Puff Johnson” I was like what? So I hurried and clicked on it; I was so crushed at the facts that I just started crying like I am now it’s like yesterday when I saw it. I miss you voice, your songs, and the person I believed you to be may God bless and keep you songstress!

  73. John Arthur Jr. says:

    I just read about this today when I was checking google to see how many albums after Miracle have she made. I see that it states she was born in Detroit Michigan. But it doesn’t state where she died at.

  74. Nozopho felicia kubheka says:

    I jst recently heard the most tragetic news that the sweet puff Jonhson had past away 2years ago and i felt a trauma..(sigh) and wat shocked me’ she was residing here for 2years and dating Ishmael “wow dat was so sweet” but wat i realy wanna say to all her fans and family “puff jonhson will linger in our mind and heart,and she will leave in legacy prior she realy captured our heart’s and changed the atmosphere and brought love to existence….Thank u puff may your soul rest in peace…….

  75. Melody Ziile says:

    She died a day before MJ died, how come we never heard of her death? It so disturbing to learn that one of my favourite singer dead 2 years ago. May her soul rest in peace. Will miss you dearly.

  76. seny vidim says:

    Eish wat a woman with a songbird voice,beauty was her nd charm was her second naam,I’m supprise dat she no longer with us.I loved her music dearly.

  77. Modise Motsamai says:

    RIP Puff, you will be forever missed. I still keep listening to your music when I need some soulful inspiration. Forever my favorite..

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