Eusebius McKaiser: 5 More South African celebs with epilepsy

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The untimely demise of Eusebius McKaiser this week, believed to be a result of a seizure, has left numerous South Africans in a state of profound shock.

However, Eusebius was not the sole prominent individual who faced the challenges of living with epilepsy.

On Tuesday, May 30, Eusebius passed away following an epileptic episode, marking an unexpected and tragic event.

At the age of 45, he departed from this world, leaving behind a void that will be deeply felt by many.

In light of this news, Deon Hilpert, a spokesperson for the family, disclosed to News24 that the renowned radio presenter had been contending with epilepsy for the past three years.

He told the publication: “We are still trying to make sense of his sudden passing, and it’s a very, very difficult time for us.”

A funeral and memorial date have yet to be confirmed.

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Jonty Rhodes

The retired Proteas cricketer has spoken openly about living with epilepsy.

He told Joy magazine: “I have a ‘mild’ form of epilepsy, which means that my seizures are only activated by a concussion, and as such, I do not need medication and can drive/move around fairly easily.”

Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala

Like Eusebius, the former TKZee muso died after a fatal epileptic seizure.

Tokollo developed epilepsy after he suffered a severe brain injury during a car accident in 2001.

Zola 7

Like Eusebius, the Kwaito star was diagnosed with epilepsy in recent years.

He told Podcast and Chill in 2021: “I lost a lot of weight over the past year. I was extremely sick, I was home, and I was shaking. Everybody around me was scared I was going to die.”


In 2018, the hip-hop star died after a deadly epileptic seizure. It’s unclear how long he lived with the condition.

Musa Manzini

Last month, the jazz musician died after suffering a severe seizure. Musa developed epilepsy after undergoing a craniotomy, a rare head surgery, in 2018.