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Pretty Yende announced that her mother died. Image via Instagram @pretty_yende_official

‘My sweet mommy passed away’: Pretty Yende’s mother dies

In a heartfelt post, South African-born international opera singer Pretty Yende shared that her mother passed away recently.

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Pretty Yende announced that her mother died. Image via Instagram @pretty_yende_official

On Wednesday, 26 July, renowned South African opera singer Pretty Yende took to Instagram and sadly pulled out of her upcoming performance as she announced that she was still grieving the loss of her mother.


It’s been a rather eventful year for opera singer Pretty Yende. Earlier this year, she made history when she became the first African singer to grace the stage in a solo performance at the King’s coronation held at Westminster Abbey, EWN reported. She also found herself in the hospital after sustaining an injury on stage, forcing her to cancel her next gig, TimesLIVE reported.

She was also spotted rubbing shoulders with South African fashion designer David Tlale and clothing brand owner Thebe Magugu, who were under one roof, engaging with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Paris, France.

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Yende has now pulled out of another gig following her mother’s death. The gifted singer shared that she and her family were still in mourning. She asked to be pardoned during this time.

“My sweet mommy passed away a few days ago. Our entire family and my town are in mourning. She touched so many lives with the magnitude and kindness of her heart and smile, which could light up everything and everyone around,” she said.

In her heartbreaking post, the beautiful opera singer said that although her mother had died, she will always remain in her and her family’s hearts.

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Pretty Yende buried her mother on Saturday, 29 July. Image via Instagram @pretty_yende_official


Pretty Yende said that her mother was buried over the past weekend. With that, she announced that she could not attend her upcoming gig, and Francesco Demuro would be taking her spot at the Gold Age concert.

“Regrettably, I have to cancel my part of the performance. My dear friend, incredible colleague and a spectacular tenor – Francesco Demuro, will be joining the concert in my place,” she said.

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