Eddie Zondi Dies of Heart Attack Aged 47

By Oliver Ngwenya    16-Jun-2014 18:42 UTC+02:00 28
Eddie Makhosonke Zondi, 'The President', is no More. Picture: Twitter.

Metro FM legend, Eddie Makhosonke Zondi, ‘The President’, is no More. Picture: Twitter.

It was a sad day for the entertainment industry of South Africa as news of the death of veteran broadcaster and radio presenter, Eddie Makhosonke Zondi, filtered through on Monday morning.

Eddie Zondi or Bra Eddie or The President as he was popularly known by his legion of followers, is said to have succumbed to a heart attack at his home in Ruimsig, west of Johannesburg in the early hours of Monday when he started complaining of chest pains and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. This was confirmed by the manager at Metro FM, Martin Vilakazi, in a statement on air. In addition, the Metro FM spokesman Happy Ngidi who was present at the Zondi home confirmed the death. Eddie, who was 47 at the time of his death, is survived by his wife, Phakamile Zondi.

The death of this media icon was further confirmed by SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago who reported earlier that, on behalf of the SABC, he was confirming the passing on of Eddie Zondi.

Bra Eddie ran a very popular programme on Metro FM called the Romantic Repertoire which aired from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. This was highly popular with listeners of all age groups. Eddie Zondi also produced compilations of four CDs aptly called Zondi’s Romantic Ballads. Many people enjoyed these as evidenced by the response to these compilations on twitter. Many of his fans will remember when their icon was awarded an award for reaching a multi- platinum status for his compilations in a very laid back event in Rosebank, the same event at which the fourth edition of the compilations was launched.

The President also ran another weekday show called the Wake Up Call where he was also well known for playing soft romantic music. In his early days, Eddie Zondi is reported to have run another show which was called Zondi Zone which ran on Sunday evenings.

Many of his followers took to twitter to express their deep sense of loss following the death of their icon. A lot of the Metro FM listeners and admirers of Bra Eddie as a disc jockey were evidently devastated by his passing on. One fan referred to him as a man with a with charm and a bewitching personality who captured every listeners’ heart. His colleague, Paul Mtirara, said he lost half of his soul and wished that it was him who died, not Zondi. “I lost half of my soul, it should have been me, I should have died not Zondi. I’m not sure if I can do this anymore”, Mtirara Tweeted.


  1. SZ Mtshali says:

    May his soul rest in peace, South Africa will always miss him. Thanks for everything… Uyibekile induku ebandla Nondaba.

  2. Senzekile Limbede says:

    Yoh! I am so broken by Eddie’s death, It was just yesterday when I was listening to his show, little did I know that I was hearing his voice for the last time. Lala Ngoxolo Nondaba sohlala sikukhumbula njalo, Radio will never be the same with u. Uyibekile induku ebandla.

  3. LinG says:

    Kunzima xa kungelulanga.

  4. Lerato Patience Lekalakala says:

    AOW Abuti Eddie, so hard for me to sleep, listening to Metro now like I usual do at night. But I’m feeling your gap already. I’m so heartbroken *tears*.If I only knew that I was listening to you for the last time yesterday. You were the lengend, you’ll always be remembered & yes our sunday afternoons will never be the same, as you touched so many lives with your music as a communication & message to us. My deep condolences to Metro fm crew especially his producers, his family, Metro fm listeners & off course his friends & family and South Africa as a whole… Robala Ka Kagiso..Mr Eddie Makhosonke Zondi..The man with a velvet voice..Tsela Tshweu.

  5. zanele says:

    Eddie, I’m so out of words, I still can not believe you gone, your show one of the great memories I had for the great times I had with my late sis Noe, all the time u took us on air my heart melted and knew my sister peacefully resting hearing ur voice, and now that you gone what’s there for me,the pain of losing the best memory I was holding onto, and worst pain of losing the person that kept the memory alive,, SA radio will never be same, sundays are literally shuttered, it hurts bhuti, lala kahle Nondaba, sohlala sikukhumbula njalo,

  6. mojapela says:

    robala kakgotso

  7. Virginia says:

    Still can’t blieve it,will mic him dearly

  8. Virginia says:

    Still can’t blieve it,will mic him dearly.may his soul rest in peace

  9. suzette says:

    Eddie touched my soul in so many ways,I’m lost of words. I grew up listen to him every Sunday and weekdays between 21:00-00:00,he’ll be missed by all. My deepest condolence to his famliy,friends and all his funs. I’ll always love Mr President Eddie Zondi Baby,miss u forever.

  10. Sbu says:

    Words are just never enough, today i have a great knowledge of music bcoz of the president Eddie Zondi. You gave more than just music… RIP

  11. Ayanda mahle says:

    R.I.P bhuti Eddie, sunday afternoons will never be the same without you on air, your words,voice,and your selection will truelly be missed through out the country. Hamba kahle, till we meet again…

  12. Sibulele Ntlangula says:

    OMG!! Bad things never end. What a loss to my music leisure. I’ve been Eddie’s fan for many years. You’ve taught me romantic music so well and I’ll truly miss listening to such fountain of music. Deepest condolences to your family. R.I.P Mr President I’ll miss your knowledge. Ugqatso ulufezile.

  13. Boitumelo patricia machobane says:

    De is no one lyk u makhozonke,it is every bad fr us hu use listen to yo music,voice on sunday.to zondi’s family nd friends,modimo o ne a adimile mme o boetse o latile.sefela:LEKUNUTU LE MORENA robala ka kgotso abuti wa rona;(;(;(

  14. Joyce says:

    My Sundays will never be the same without Eddie Zondi, his choice of music could tap into every human being and it was always relevant. May his soul rest in peace. Joyce M

  15. T.Gmede says:

    The best DJ ever,what a great loss!My condolisence to Zondi’s family,fans and South Africa as a whole,we have lost a legend.Hamba kahle Nondaba,Gagashi ei mhlaba kawunoni ziyohamba izinsizwa kusale izibongo.May his soul rest in perfect peace

  16. noluthando zondi says:

    I still can’t believe dat bra eddie is no more, he revived so many with da voice dat soothes the heart, condolonces to da family at large,friends and his colleagues, My sunday afternoons will never be da same,may yo beautiful soul rest in eternal peace Nndaba,Gagashe,Luqa, wena kaManciza u will forever be miced

  17. May your soul rest in peace

  18. Naomi says:

    It still feels like a dream 🙁
    *sigh* Only God knows why he took you this early,we cannot Question him but all i can say is that we have LOST a lot than you have left us. Your presence meant everyhting :'(

    I leave everything to Heavenly Father and i trust him to take very good care of you.South Africa loves and Salutes Bra Eddie 🙂 🙂

  19. Naomi says:

    It still feels like a dream :(*sigh* Only God knows why he took you this early,we cannot Question him but all i can say is that we have LOST a lot than you have left us. Your presence meant everyhting :'(I leave everything to Heavenly Father and i trust him to take very good care of you.South Africa loves and Salutes Bra Eddie 🙂 🙂

  20. fezile kondilathi says:

    My condolisence to Zondi’s family,fans and Metro FM.Bra Eddie was a father brother,a teacher,an ear to listen.I’m deeply falling apart,I never missed his show where ever I am sundays I always had a date with him and his show”Romantic Repertoire” my your beautful soul rest in peace,in my heart you’ll always be there till we meet again God bless you Lale ngoxolo Makhosonke we loved you still

  21. Ntsoaki Tau says:

    Sleep well,My brada! Deepest condolences to his family,friends and South Africans. We thank the Lord for your life.

  22. lovejoy Phoko says:

    I’ve been listening 2 Eddie zondi for over a decade now and we just connected. I remember when I first heard his voice it was on 3am during the week and I was not only charmed but also attouched 2 his music. I followed his slots since then and it breaks my heart that I won’t hear the voice that made cry, smile and put me in deep thoughts. Sometimes when I was tired I’d just wait 2 hear his voice then sleep! I called him my man cos he used 2 say: if ur girlfriend is not chilling with u, know that she’s chilling with Eddie Zondi… *tears* de word 2 describe this amazing man hasn’t been discovered yet! May his soul rest in peace… Love u always my boo!

  23. phistos says:

    My deepest condolences to Zondi s family ,Metro FM family & his extended family members.Dr Eddie Zondi was a healer,counsellor,Father,brother & a friend.Unlike other DJs who focus on themselves & what they have,Bro Eddie used his platform to heal broken souls,build up relationships & to give fatherly advices.Sunday afternoons will never be the same without Eddie Makhosonke Zondi.May his soul rest in peace.

  24. Anonymous says:

    May ur soul rest in peace makhosonke,ur body is dead ,but ur spirit still alive,i already miss ur voice bra eddy.my sympathy 2 zondi’s family

  25. Anonymous says:

    May ur soul rest in peace bro eddy,,ma sympathy 2 zondi’s family,itz only god who knows y u leave us,ur body is dead,but ur spirit still alive,everything happen with a reason,itz painfull,but now u are healed n no more pain in ur body,GOD B WITH U..PINKY MPHELANE

  26. ntombi says:

    Radio metro will never be the same without bra Eddie specially on Sunday hambakahle Gagashe uyohlala uyisithandwa saphakade

  27. He was a best presenter but a new one will rise says:

    The truth is that Eddie was the best but the new one will rise. There is someone who got the same talent


    You will always be remembered as your music was making me to be at peace. sometimes you played songs as if you are playing for me, as if you know what i am going through. ow what a music. you kept our souls alive. Bye bye

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