RIP Derek Watts.

RIP Derek Watts. Images via Twitter @ZolaHatashi

‘Sad day in broadcasting’: SA mourns Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts

South Africans are paying tribute to ‘Carte Blanche’ TV host Derek Watts, who died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

RIP Derek Watts.

RIP Derek Watts. Images via Twitter @ZolaHatashi

Carte Blanche fans took to social media on Tuesday, 22 August to pay tribute to journalist Derek Watts, who passed away after a battle with cancer.

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‘DEREK WATTS WAS ONE OF THE KINDEST’

TshisaLIVE reports that Derek Watts’ Carte Blanche co-worker Bongani Bingwa conveyed his condolences to his family after they confirmed his passing.

“One of the kindest, most generous professionals to ever do it. The room disappeared when he spoke to you. Even as a colleague, he made me feel like I was Mother Theresa. Condolences to Belinda and his children, Tyrone and Kirstin.” 

ECR reports that Watts lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, 22 August and passed away peacefully on his 75th birthday surrounded by family.

The legendary broadcaster stepped away from Carte Blanche in June to focus on his health after revealing he was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2022.

He is survived by his wife Belinda and children, Tyrone and Kirstin. The South African will give an update on funeral and memorial service details.

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@NeoMerafi: “Sad news indeed, grew up watching him. May he rest in Power.”

@Morris42739484: “RIP Derek Watts. We started watching Carte Blanche at the inception when you and Ruda started. Followed you every Sunday and you will be missed dearly. Deepest sympathy to all the family.”

Rythm City actor Zola Hashatsi: “A sad day in broadcasting it is as @DerekWatts. He unfortunately lost the battle with cancer. The full statement will be released shortly. Please give family space and time to process. #RIPDerekWatts we shall continue to fly the Media and Journalism flag high. One love.”

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