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Son with Mbuli during collapse

By Mogomotsi Selebi Free State correspondent | May 20, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 321 ]

TELEVISION presenter Vuyo Mbuli's 13-year-old son watched as his father collapsed while they were at a rugby match in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

Quick-thinking spectators took his son, Sithenkosi, away from the scene but, according to Mbuli family spokeswoman Rowena Baird, he had already seen enough to traumatise him.

Mbuli, who co-anchored Morning Live on SABC2 with Leanne Manas, died on Saturday night in Bloemfontein following a rugby match at the Free State Stadium between the Cheetahs and the Reds.

The 46-year-old father of two had gone with his son and a friend to watch the rugby match.

Paramedics rushed to his aid and he was transferred to Mediclinic Bloemfontein, where he later died.

At the hospital yesterday, Sowetan was referred to Baird who confirmed that the charismatic presenter, who also worked for SAfm, had passed away.

"Yes indeed he was rushed to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic," Baird said.

"If I am not mistaken, he arrived after 9pm and passed away at 9.50pm."

She said that as soon as the paramedics arrived at the stadium, they had desperately tried to save Mbuli's life.

"From the stadium, the medics had been trying to resuscitate him until they arrived at the hospital," she said.

Asked if Mbuli was still alive when he had arrived at the hospital, Baird said: "That's correct."

SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago confirmed this, saying: "Mbuli was treated on the scene and taken to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic where he later died."

Baird said funeral arrangements had not yet been made.

"It is still early, we haven't made arrangements yet because we are still trying to find our feet."

Mbuli, known for his trademark "Sharp Sharp" at the end of Morning Live, leaves behind his two children, Sithenkosi and 15-year-old daughter Siphosihle, and his estranged wife Savita.

"The family was very devastated," Baird said.

Baird said the family was waiting for a postmortem to determine the cause of death.

Tributes poured in for Mbuli from shocked colleagues who were saddened by his sudden death. - selebim@sowetan.co.za

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Lala Kahle qhawe, uzokhumbuleka ngomoya wakho ophansi nokuzithoba kwakho, kwanagthi inkosi ingakugcina mfowethu sishaqeke kakhulu ngokusizuma kwakho, mina ngithi uma kuyintando ka Thixo kulungile umakuvume yena, Lala kahle mfo ka Mbuli,uphumule zinsizi zakulelizwe, siyokukhumbula Mfowethu.....

May 20, 2013 12:40 | 0 replies

DJWINNER - Sthandwa sam. How are you? Usangithanda nje? or ngiyafosta..lol

May 20, 2013 11:18 | 0 replies

ChunkuBabyOil
@DJ-Winner yebo mfewthu uyaphila?
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Yebo ngimnandi, wena u-sharp?

May 20, 2013 11:21 | 0 replies

I was telling my wife this morning that as much as Vuyo's passing is sad but for some it has been a blessing. Look at Sam Marshall this could be his opportunity to assend to the throne as I do not foresee the Broadcaster bringing in a new blood to fill in the big gap Vuyo left.

Come to think of it, Corporates are a bit&h, the man's body is hardly cold and behind the closed doors the management is busy looking to see who is going to step in his shoes.

May 20, 2013 11:21 | 0 replies

@xtrail
# UBOSSO WENA
#JACOB GEZEYIHLEKISA ZUMA
#SHARP SHARP EITA DAAR
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS WORDS FROM THIS LEGEND
REST IN PEACE VUYO
I watched morning live this morning it was so sad to watch the news
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U 4 got PULA YA KO BOTSWANA......................Eish mfana u a a morning life viewer yeeeeeeee

May 20, 2013 11:22 | 0 replies

INDESPENSIBLE
@ Scold
Tiki-line
S.cold go and jump to the nearest river bcs there nothing wrong if a person expresse her/his feeling.
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who are you wena biach manje

i dont know you and you dont know me,,,,,can we keep it that way nx!!!!!!!!!

UNGIJWAYELA AMASNAKS/AMASIMBA CHIPS
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Se uyangiyethusa manje yazi,
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sorry for that trauma,,just that angizwani nabantu abaphaphayo,,have a nice day

May 20, 2013 11:24 | 0 replies

@ !serobapipi
From last week i noticed he wasn't "sharp sharp"

when people say they were saddened by his death, kanti who should die vele? don't we know we are just visitors here any day anytime one can die

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What a brainless statement to make re people not supposed to mourn a great figure whether we are visitors or not death is one of the saddest emotions hence why is associated with sadness lady..

May 20, 2013 11:24 | 0 replies

R.I.P

Sharp sharp, i just wish and hope there will be Enough Food at the Funeral...
Vuyo was a veeeeeeeeeery big dreamer !!

May 20, 2013 11:29 | 0 replies

Galfrend
DJWINNER - Sthandwa sam. How are you? Usangithanda nje? or ngiyafosta..lol
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LOL...wena uyangziba.

May 20, 2013 11:30 | 0 replies

Khaphela - lol I wish my dear but eish kumatima

Babyfats - Very sad ,but ke its life.how are you?

Skopo and Chunkus ,hey darlings...long time.

May 20, 2013 11:17 | 0 replies

@ Scold
Tiki-line
S.cold go and jump to the nearest river bcs there nothing wrong if a person expresse her/his feeling.
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who are you wena biach manje

i dont know you and you dont know me,,,,,can we keep it that way nx!!!!!!!!!

UNGIJWAYELA AMASNAKS/AMASIMBA CHIPS
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Se uyangiyethusa manje yazi,

May 20, 2013 11:16 | 0 replies