Charl Van Den Berg, Mr Gay South Africa 2009 and Mr Gay World 2010, passed away in hospital on Thursday night. He was only 33 years of age.
Van den Berg was crowned Mr Gay World in Oslo after winning the South Africa title in November 2009.
Details as to the cause are unclear at this time, though it is speculated that his death was related to Lymphoma.
The following announcement was made on Facebook:
Charl was admitted to hospital earlier this week but lost his battle to Lymphoma (Cancer). Charl’s funeral will take place on Friday the 14th of August at 14hoopm at Mosaiek.
R.I.P Charl – Our deepest sympathy to Armand Riaan Slabbert, Family members and friends!
“It is my understanding that people are people before we are different. With regard to Mr.Gay South Africa, it is my aim to help break down stereotypes and differing mindsets in the global community and promote oneness and equality for all people by bridging the gap between those mindsets. Mr. Gay World presents me with a platform to work from and creates an opportunity in which to do that and it is an honour to serve the global community in this capacity!” Charl
HERE IS CHARL’S WIKIPEDIA – still to be updated/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charl_Van_Den_Berg