The family of a top South African cardiologist, Professor Bongani Mayosi, on Saturday revealed that he committed suicide.
A statement about the death on Friday of the 51-year-old dean of health sciences at the University of Cape Town said:
“It is with great sadness that we‚ the Mayosi family‚ announce the passing of our husband‚ son‚ father‚ brother and uncle‚ Bongani Mayosi, reports TimesLive.
“Bongani died on the morning of 27 July 2018. In the last two years he has battled with depression and on that day took the desperate decision to end his life.
The statement‚ the authenticity of which was confirmed by family members advocate Ncumisa Mayosi‚ added:
“We are still struggling to come to terms with this devastating loss. Kindly respect our wishes as the family that beyond this statement‚ we will not discuss or entertain any further questions on this matter.
“We ask that you understand our need for privacy during this difficult time.”
Bongani Mawethu Mayosi was a South African cardiology professor who was awarded his county’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver), in 2009. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town and an A-rated National Research Foundation researcher.
Prior to this, he was head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital.
His father was a medical doctor and so is his wife; his research interests included rheumatic fever, tuberculous pericarditis and cardiomyopathy.
He was a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a former President of the College of Physicians of South Africa.