2016 has been a difficult year on many fronts, including the number of untimely deaths experienced in the entertainment arena.
South Africans said goodbye to many influential artists, actors and athletes this year.
Here's a look back.
- Kwaito heavyweight Mandoza
South African kwaito star Mduduzi ‘Mandoza’ Tshabalala died in September, after his battle with cancer.
The hitmaker was best known for his tracks 'Nkalakatha', 'Godoba' and 'Tornado'.
- Veteran actor Nyembezi Kunene
Legend actor and director Nyembezi Kunene died in June this year after a prolonged illness.
He played ‘ Uncle Jabulani' in popular soapie Generations and ‘Macingwane' in the hit TV drama Emzini Wezinsizwa.
- Race star Gugu Zulu
Passionate race car driver Gugu Zulu died while attempting to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in July.
- Gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane
Award-winning gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane died from kidney failure in December.
This article first appeared on 702 : SA stars laid to rest this year