Renowned radio and TV broadcaster Mark Pilgrim has passed away at the age of 53.
Pilgrim publicly shared his battle with lung cancer.
He started his broadcasting career at SABC radio.
Hot 10.7 FM Managing Director Lloyd Madurai commented in an online statement saying, “Old school radio pros like Mark don’t come around very often and the only comfort we can draw is the fact that Mark had an incredible impact on not just South African radio, but the broader community, bravely fighting this awful disease in the public eye, and inspiring and giving hope to people in a similar position.”
Social media reaction to his passing:
BREAKING NEWS: Legendary broadcaster Mark Pilgrim has passed away aged 53.
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— SABC News (@SABCNews) March 5, 2023
He fought a tough and brave fight. My condolences to you, his family, colleagues & friends. #RIPMarkPilgrim https://t.co/iaNC9yzLtW
— Tim Modise (@TimModise) March 5, 2023
Deeply saddened by the passing of Mark Pilgrim. He gave humanity his best and fought a good fight. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and fans. May his great soul rest in peace #RIPMark #RIPMarkPilgrim💔🕊 https://t.co/CJiFe4w0OA
— Prof Thuli Madonsela #KindnessBuilds (@ThuliMadonsela3) March 5, 2023
Very sad news of the passing of legendary broadcaster Mark Pilgrim. He fought a tough fight and inspired many in the process…and during his many years on radio. #RIPMark
— Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) March 5, 2023
Pilgrim leaves behind his fiancée and two daughters.