Morning Live’s Vuyo Mbuli dies

South Africans woke up this morning to news that beloved SABC radio and TV presenter, Vuyo Mbuli, had died. He was 46.

The SABC reported Mbuli collapsed while watching a rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

He was treated on the scene by paramedics, before being rushed to a nearby hospital where he died. Reports suggest cause of death was a heart attack.

Last hours
Vuyo had been tweeting live updates from the game right up until he collapsed. His last tweet at 9pm read, “8 mins gone in 2nd half. 21 – 6 Cheetahs lead.”

He had celebrated his 46th birthday just days ago on May 14.

20-year career
Known for his trademark sign-off, "Sharp. Sharp.", Vuyo made his television debut in 1993 on TSS (now SABC 3) as a continuity presenter. In his 20 years at the national broadcaster, he interviewed a wide range of celebrities, politicians and newsmakers from around the world. In a 2012 interview with the Sowetan, he joked his dream was to interview supermodel Naomi Campbell.

“I think Naomi would make an interesting interviewee,” he said. “She has a big temper – that interests me.”

In 2011, Vuyo split from his wife of 16 years, Savita. They had two children together, Siphosihle (15) and Sithenkosi (13).

Sources: SABC, Sowetan, Twitter