Real Housewives of Johannesburg star Naledi Willers sent shockwaves across the entertainment industry when her family confirmed that she had passed away.
Naledi Willers dies: What’s the cause of death?
In a statement, Willers’ family told Drum Magazine that the 30-year-old passed away on Tuesday evening, without providing more information on the cause of death.
“I can’t say yet [or] give details of what happened. Her mom is still coming to terms with the news and the family spokesperson will keep [everyone] updated,” her cousin Boitumelo Ketso said.
While the cause of the reality TV star’s death has not been explicitly stated, she was candid about her struggles with an aggressive form of breast cancer.
Willers first opened up about the disease in October 2020, to her fans on social media. She detailed the hardships she endured as a student thrust into the high pressures of writing her law degree final exams while living with stage two triple negative breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this variant of the disease “is considered an aggressive cancer because it grows quickly, is more likely to have spread at the time it’s found and is more likely to come back after treatment than other types of breast cancer.”
“The outlook is generally not as good as it is for other types of breast cancer,” ACS writes.
On her social media post, Willers had detailed the struggles she endured while fighting the disease and vowed to use herself as a vessel to inform and educate women on breast cancer using her experience as a tool.
“While it may not be my life’s only interest, it has certainly become one of my primary goals to be a voice of awareness, information and change in the silent but gruesome battle women face against this brutal disease. I want to lift the veil of secrecy and quiet suffering for it is that concealing of information that invariably leads to the mortality of so many,” she wrote.
From what we understand, Willers had no children and was, at one point, married to Quinton “DJ Naked” Masina.