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Iconic radio personality Bob Mabena has died.

Times Live reports that he died from cardiac arrest at the age of 51. His wife Eucharist was driving him home from hospital when he suddenly stopped breathing.

She turned back and at the hospital they tried for four hours to resuscitate him, but it was unsuccessful.

The legendary presenter’s radio career spanned an impressive 31 years.

During his career he was on air at stations including MetroFM, Highveld Stereo (now 947) and Kaya FM. At the time of his death he was the station manager and breakfast presenter at talk station PowerFM.

Tributes have been pouring in from peers in the industry.

In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa conveyed his condolences.

“This is a sad loss not only to Bob’s family and friends, but to the broadcast family and the country. His exceptional talent and voice of reason and insight reached millions of South Africans in their homes, workplaces and vehicles.

It is very sad that such an iconic and household voice has gone silent. May his soul rest in peace.”

Mabena leaves behind his wife and four-year-old child.

Watch the eNCA video below for more information.

Image credits: Twitter and The South African.

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