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RIP Mandy Rossouw (1979 – 2013)

Journalist and author Mandy Rossouw passed away yesterday at the age of 33. She was found in her flat by a friend after she missed their dinner date. She had been unwell over the weekend but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

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Rossouw was a well-known journalist who worked for a number of publications, including Beeld, Mail & Guardian and most recently, City Press. Last year she published a handy guide to the main players at the ANC’s national conference, Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers. City Press editor, Ferial Haffajee, and assistant editor, Adriaan Basson, released a statement saying that they “are devastated at the sudden and shocking loss of a beloved, kind and talented colleague”.

Our beloved colleague Mandy Rossouw passed away yesterday, March 11 2013.

She was 33 years old and had packed a lot into her short but exciting life.

The Mail & Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Nic Dawes, remembered her as “an extraordinary presence in our newsroom and in our pages; vivid, acute, and determined to break the story.”

According to Beeld, Rossouw was admitted to hospital at the weekend with chest pains but was discharged a few hours later.

A friend found her body at her flat when she failed to arrive for a dinner date. The cause of her death was unknown.

Rossouw’s colleagues and friends paid tribute to her on Twitter:

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