South Africa mourns the death of radio veteran Mark Pilgrim.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The management at Gauteng community radio station HOT1027 FM has confirmed the death of radio legend Mark Pilgrim following a long battle against cancer.
"It was with great sadness that I share this news," Lloyd Madurai, managing director at HOT 102.7FM said in an online statement.
"Our hero and brother and much loved radio personality Mark Pilgrim lost his battle with cancer this morning at 10:45," Madurai said.
"He fought valiantly to the very end. Mark passed peacefully with his fiancé Adrienne at home. They were together for his last breath.
"The family thank you for being part of his journey. For loving him and for celebrating him and supporting him always. Mark will be greatly missed by all. May his soul rest in peace."
Pilgrim was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in March 2022, which he revealed in June had spread to his femur, the base of his spine and lymph nodes.
Following his diagnosis, the radio presenter launched a YouTube video series chronicling his recovery journey.
"This section of my Youtube channel is for anyone who is going through cancer or is supporting someone who is. It documents my journey and desire to find positivity," reads the description of the vlog titled Mark's Cancer Journey – 2022.
Pilgrim was a presenter on Hot 102.7FM from Monday to Saturday at the time of his death. Due to his recent health setbacks, however, he had to step away from the mic.
According to his website, Pilgrim has been deejaying at clubs and corporate events since he started on radio back in 1995 and is especially renowned in South Africa for his 'box of classics'. And the same can be said for the Master of Ceremonies service he offers.
Pilgrim is survived by his two daughters, Tayla-Jean, 12 and Alyssa, 10 – who he shares with ex-wife Nicole Torres – and Watkins.
Tributes poured in on social media on Sunday, paying tribute to legendary broadcaster Pilgrim.
Fellow broadcaster and colleague Ursula Chikane wrote on Twitter: "Our dearest Mark passed away this morning. Our hearts, like yours, are shattered, but our warrior is at peace and free. Rest in peace, dear Mark."
"Very sad news of the passing of legendary broadcaster Mark Pilgrim. He fought a tough fight and inspired many in the process and during his many years on radio," Gareth Cliff tweeted.
Radio host Brent Lindeque wrote on Twitter: "My heart is shattered. Mark Pilgrim has just passed away. My friend, you fought so hard."
"RIP Mark Pilgrim. You, Sir, *lived through illness* till the end. A great creative and audio legend. Condolences to friends, family and colleagues," Eusebius McKaiser tweeted.
Alex Jay wrote: "Ah, Mark. You put up a very brave and public fight against cancer. Inspirational. Sadly the dread disease has claimed another victim. I'm going to miss you big time, baldy. Gone too soon. Heartfelt condolences to Mark's daughters, family and fiancée."
Fullview would like to extend its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Mark Pilgrim.