SA stars laid to rest this year

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'.

WATCH: Unique video tribute to Mandoza

  • 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.

WATCH: Cameraman's moving tribute to the 'amazing and caring' Gugu Zulu

  • Gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane

Award-winning gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane died from kidney failure in December.

WATCH: 'You only came to break records, goodnight my love' - Sfiso Ncwane letter

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[WATCH] 'You only came to break records, goodnight my love' Sfiso Ncwane letter

[WATCH] 'You only came to break records, goodnight my love' Sfiso Ncwane letter

Ayanda Ncwane, wrote a letter to her husband Sfiso Ncwane, who died from kidney failure on Monday at Fourways Life Hospital.

Why Sfiso Ncwane was the superstar of SA music industry

Why Sfiso Ncwane was the superstar of SA music industry

Ncwane died from kidney failure at Fourways Life Hospital on Monday morning.

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Gospel singer Sipho Makhabane explains how Sfiso Ncwane died

Makhabane says Ncwane was feeling weak yesterday and his wife phoned paramedics to check on him.

Award-winning gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane dies

Award-winning gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane dies

Ncwane died from kidney failure at Fourways Life Hospital on Monday morning.

Motsoeneng hijacks Mandoza's funeral to rant about issues at the SABC

Motsoeneng hijacks Mandoza's funeral to rant about issues at the SABC

Former SABC COO told mourners that nobody is going to decide his life for him, following SCA's ruling to axe him.

Mandoza funeral underway in Soweto

Mandoza funeral underway in Soweto

Watch the funeral of Kwaito maestro Mduduzi 'Mandoza' Tshabalala at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto.

WATCH: Unique video tribute to Mandoza

WATCH: Unique video tribute to Mandoza

An interesting mix of Mandoza's biggest hits throughout his career are included in the tribute.

WATCH: Race car legend Gugu Zulu funeral

WATCH: Race car legend Gugu Zulu funeral

Race car driver Gugu Zulu will be laid to rest at a funeral service at Rhema Bible Church.

'I am terribly sorry to the Zulus for what happened' - Sibusiso Vilane

'I am terribly sorry to the Zulus for what happened' - Sibusiso Vilane

Mount Kilamanjaro expedition leader, Sibusiso Vilane, expressed his deepest condolences to the Zulu family after Gugu Zulu's death.

Was Mount Kilimanjaro expedition with Gugu Zulu rushed?

Was Mount Kilimanjaro expedition with Gugu Zulu rushed?

The death of Gugu Zulu has shocked South Africans, with various experts weighing-in on the risks of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro.

'I don't think he was well'- Gugu Zulu's friend and fellow climber

'I don't think he was well'- Gugu Zulu's friend and fellow climber

Thebe Ikalafeng, Gugu Zulu's friend and fellow climber says he last saw Zulu at the 3720 point above the sea level on Saturday.

Gugu Zulu's final interview with us

Gugu Zulu's final interview with us

As South Africa comes to terms with the news of Gugu Zulu's passing, we share our final interview with the popular racing driver.

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