Fashion designer who dressed Beyonce dies aged 38 after cancer battle

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Fashion designer Quiteria Leboganag Kekana, who dressed celebrities including Beyonce, has died aged 38 following a short battle with cancer.

Quiteria's family confirmed that the fashion icon passed away at his Melville home in Johannesburg home on Sunday (April 17).

The celebrity designer was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2021 and it was reported that he had recently started his second phase of chemotherapy.

His family issued a statement that revealed the heartbreaking news.

The statement read: "It is with profound regret and sadness that the Kekana family confirms the untimely passing of international fashion designer, son, father, and brother Lebogang Quiteria Kekana (38) after a short battle with cancer.

"The Kekana family is deeply thankful for all the countless personal messages of love and support received thus far."

The family has asked for privacy as they mourn their loved one and have said the details about the memorial service and funeral would be communicated in due course.

The designer leaves behind his son, parents, siblings and a puppy.

The fashion designer, who recently moved back to South Africa because of costs of cancer treatment, told Drum Magazine that he would beat his illness.

He said: "It is one of the toughest decisions I have had to make, but for me to recover I needed to be where I feel loved and there is no judgment.

He also told the magazine that the costs for good health care brought a lot of financial strain on his business.

Tributes for the designer have come pouring in on social media.

One Twitter user penned: "So sad to hear about Quiteria. The fashion industry will miss you deeply. Thank you for always contributing to the SA menswear week."

Another wrote: "I cannot believe the talented Quiteria has passed away. Rest in power friend. You will never be forgotten."

A third said: "Quiteria fought a good fight, and he did it while doing what he absolutely loved. We will fondly remember him as a friend and a dear brother. May his memory live on forever. Rest In Peace Young King!"

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