On this day in 2006, South Africans woke up to the devastating news of Lebo Mthosa's sudden passing. The singer and dancer passed away in a car accident on the N3 highway in the East Rand.
Lebo Mathosa had a lot of friends in the entertainment industry, people who loved her whole-heartedly and people who have never really gotten over her death.
One of those people is Thembi Seete who wrote a brief yet moving message about her close friend and former band member.
"I can't believe it's been 12 years already, I think time flies really fast. It's 12 years yet it still feels like it happened yesterday. It is painful to know that you are gone. Your spirit has protected, inspired me and really helps me not to give up. You will forever be in our hearts, we miss and love you." Read the message.
Other celebs such as Cassper Nyovest have also gone out to honour Lebo's memory by posting a picture of one of her performances back in the day, and we all know that Lebo was one of South Africa's greatest performers.
Cassper mentioned how he wished he had met her, a sentiment that was also echoed by Babes Wodumo.
Can you imagine how lit a Babes and Lebo Mathosa collaboration would've been? Sigh, she definitely left us way too soon.
One of the most heart-wrenching stories about Lebo Mathosa that any celeb has ever shared has to be the story of Somizi and one of Lebo's items of clothing.
Somizi once shared that he still wears the shorts Lebo Mathosa left at his house a few days before she passed on.
“Let me share the story of these shorts: 2006 20 Oct. She wakes up from my place wearing these shorts. They belong to her. But she now wants my shorts and leaves these at my place. Little did I know that wud be the last time I see her but not the last I speak to her. She calls me sun morn 22nd Oct asking me to join her at a party. I tell her I’m tired coz I had 3 shows the prev night. She insists she’s gonna pick me up. Which she does but I deliberately ignore her 5 calls when she’s at my gate. 23rd Oct I wake up to the news that she’s no more. Rip Ms Lebo Mathosa.”
These are the pants he was talking about.
Lebo Mathosa would've been 41-years-old this year.
Main Image Credit: Instagram/@ThembiSeete