Ukhozi FM sports presenter Irvin "DJ Amen" Sihlophe, has died.
Irvin "DJ Amen" Sihlophe, who joined the station in 2015, has passed away after suffering a stroke. According to a close friend and colleague, DJ Amen had been hospitalized for over a week due to a stroke triggered by stress and underlying health conditions.
The news of DJ Amen's passing left his fellow Ukhozi FM presenters deeply saddened and struggling to find words on air. Station manager Sbongi Ngcobo confirmed the tragic news, expressing the station's profound loss and extending condolences to DJ Amen's family, colleagues, fans, and listeners. She emphasized that his absence would be keenly felt and acknowledged the prayers that had been offered for his recovery.
Providing further details, a friend of DJ Amen shared that he fell ill shortly after leaving work two weeks ago and progressively lost the ability to speak and move.
He was then rushed to the hospital and doctors admitted him for a few days. He remained in medical care," The close friend, who had been visiting and checking up on the radio host said. "He was making steady progress at a Durban hospital. Things were looking good last week, he had gained strength again and fighting. We were shocked when we heard the news of his passing this morning,"
The incident highlights the seriousness of strokes, which occur when there is a disruption in the brain's blood supply, causing damage. Strokes are medical emergencies and can manifest through symptoms such as facial numbness, limb weakness, difficulty walking, and speech impairment. Research indicates a rising trend of strokes among younger individuals, emphasizing the importance of recognizing the signs and seeking prompt medical attention.
DJ Amen's untimely passing is a significant loss not only to Ukhozi FM but also to his listeners and the wider community. May he rest in peace, and may his family and friends find solace during this difficult time. The article also mentions other celebrities who have experienced strokes, including singer Lira and Kwaito star L'vovo Derrango, highlighting the importance of stroke awareness and prevention.