Legendary South African radio presenter Mark Pilgrim has died after a long and brave battle against cancer. He was only 53 years old.
Pilgrim had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, he revealed this sad news on his social media channel back in June 2022, and shared that it had spread to other parts of his body.
According to Hot 102.7, Mark passed away peacefully at home, “DJ Mark Pilgrim lost his battle with cancer this morning. He fought valiantly to the very end. Mark passed peacefully with his fiancée Adrienne at home.”
Mark Pilgrim was a giant in his field, having worked for some of the best stations in the country, namely 5FM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 Kfm, Hot919 and HOT 1027. He also hosted some of the biggest shows during his career, like Big Brother South Africa, Big Brother Africa and game show Power of 10.
When he announced that he had cancer back in 2022, he shared that he was scared. “I’m not Chuck Norris. Yes, I am scared. I am also strong. Both emotions run parallel with each other. I’m under the care of incredible doctors and surrounded by love. This is my story. And there’s more chapters to come.”
He went on to document and share his journey, as well as the treatment that he was going through, sharing weekly updates on his Instagram.
His family has shown appreciation to his friends and followers for their support and love during this trying time.
“His family thank you for being part of his journey, for loving him, celebrating him and supporting him always.”
And as news of his passing spreads, tributes have started pouring in for this legendary radio jock and tv presenter.