Davido and former Springbok player Jannie du Plessis both lost their young sons in drowning incidents.
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Tragic! Davido and other stars whose toddlers drowned in pools

Davido and other stars like D’Banj, Lebo M and Jannie du Plessis have all suffered the unthinkable pain following drowning incidents.


Davido and former Springbok player Jannie du Plessis both lost their young sons in drowning incidents.
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Davido has suffered the worst pain thinkable for a parent – losing their child. The Nigerian singer reportedly is mourning the death of his son Ifeanyi who allegedly drowned in the family pool.

According to reports, the body of the three-year-old – whom he shares with fiancee Chioma Rowland – was found floating in the pool of his Banana Island mansion.

At the time, the boy was reportedly in the care of his minders, whilst his parents were away.

Neither Davido nor his partner has confirmed the reports.


Just days before his death, Ifeanyi celebrated his third birthday with his famous parents. Ifeanyi’s drowning reportedly occurred when both Davido and Chiomo were attending a family function.

Sadly, Davido is one of many celebrities whose children suffered the same tragic fate

In 2018, fellow Nigerian artist D’Banj and his wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow also lost their son Daniel who drowned in the family swimming pool at his home in Lagos.

The little boy had just celebrated his first birthday.

Last year, former Springbok player Jannie du Plessis and his wife Ronel lost their 10-month-old son Jan Nathaniël, who drowned in the pool of their Krugersdorp home.

The little boy died on the same day his famous father celebrated his 39th birthday.

Earlier this year, music composer Lebo M revealed that his first-born son had also drowned.

Speaking in a Podcast and Chill interview last month, the entertainer revealed one of the main motivations for him to become sober was the death of his son Thembalethu.

The 14-month-old baby – son of Lebo and second wife Nandi Ndlovu – tragically died after drowning in a swimming pool of their then-Dainfern home. The incident led Lebo M to spiral into a deep depression and seek solace in alcohol.


According to Childsafe – a campaign of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa (CAPFSA), drowning is the second biggest cause of accidental death among young children.

Like Davido’s son Ifeanyi, the risks of drowning, are that much higher for younger children.

Here are their facts about children and drowning:

Children do not make any noise when they’re drowning. Drowning is a silent killer.
A child can drown within 30 seconds.
A child can drown in just 4cm of water.
A child can drown in any water: in buckets, baths, ponds, lagoons, canals, vleis, swamps, the sea, dams, rivers, in paddling or swimming pools, and even in drains.
Children don’t only drown when they’re swimming. They can also drown if they fall into the water while fully dressed.

Childsafe also shared their advice on preventing drowning from occurring near family pools

Always make sure there is an adult present when children are swimming.
Always ensure that children who can’t swim wear approved floating aids, such as water wings.
Never rely only on floating aids to prevent drowning.
Swimming pools must be completely secured with fencing, a gate with a child-proof lock, safety covers, and pool alarms. Always close the gate.
Check whether your neighbour’s swimming pool has adequate fencing and whether the gate is secure.
Comply with municipal by-laws relating to water, swimming pools, hoses, boreholes, and well points.
Remove toys lying around the pool, to avoid children tripping over them.
Install a professional pool safety net to cover your pool.
Always empty paddling pools when not in use.