After a long stay in the hospital, doctor SindisiwevanZyl AKA Dr. Sindi died at the age of 45.
Dr. Sindi, as she was affectionately known, had become ill earlier this year after catching COVID-19. Van Zyl’s family said she died on the morning of April 10, 2021, at a Johannesburg hospital in a statement released on Saturday afternoon.
The medical doctor rose to prominence after sharing her encouragement and advice on Twitter, where she quickly amassed a large following. Her family said, “Sindi always offered support and great advice to educate those around her. Not only was she a beacon of love and light on her Kaya FM show _Sidebar with Sindi’, _and all her social media platforms, but she genuinely loved and gave endlessly to all she knew with grace and kindness. She modeled the love and grace that she knew in Jesus.”
Dr Sindi’s passing leaves all of us cold and sad. She lived an exemplary life of giving, selflessness and grace. To her family, especially her kids she – condolences. We share your loss. pic.twitter.com/vPON26Ovv1
Last month, she revealed her departure from the show on Twitter, posting a picture of herself on a ventilator. She’s been a writer for Bona magazine for a long time, writing a column called “Dear Dr. Sindi.”
Van Zyl was also well-known for her use of social media to raise awareness about HIV-related problems, as well as her Twitter thread about the dangers of taking pain relievers.
The former Kaya FM host had been in hospital since February after being diagnosed with Covid-19 and had missed her 45th birthday a week earlier.
Today we are saddened to learn that Dr Sindi passed away. She was one of the most beautiful souls on Twitter and her life’s mission was to mend lives. May her amazing soul rest in peace. #RIPDrSindipic.twitter.com/LQD7LKDAZX