SA music legend Dennis East, 73, dies following stroke

SA music legend Dennis East, 73, dies following stroke

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South African music legend Dennis East passed away on Monday 12 September after he suffered a stroke on Friday 9 September. As per Jacaranda FM, the Durban-born artist’s death was confirmed by the South African Legends Museum. Tributes have poured in for East on social media following news of his passing.

Dennis East was a singer-songwriter and a music producer who collaborated with several big names in the industry. He worked with the likes of British musician Andrew Young and Mzansi’s Zwai Bala. East was also a part of the popular talent competition Coca Cola Pop Stars.

He is best known for his singles Could You Ever Love Me Again, Peace Will Be Mine, Talking In Your Sleep and Red Hot Lover.

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According to Jacaranda FM, local music legend Dennis East passed away at the age of 73 on Monday after he suffered a stroke on 9 September. As per a Facebook post by local musician Dalene Genis, the singer-songwriter and producer passed away at around 10:00 on Monday.

“The stroke he suffered on Friday did too much damage and the doctors could not save him,” she wrote.

“You will be missed and you were so loved. RIP Denn – fly with the angels. Love you always.”


Since news of his passing broke, local music lovers have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to East. Many remembered him as an inspiration in the music industry.

“For me he was an icon and he enchanted me with his beautiful voice and songs like A million drums, Dammit, I love you [and] A rose has to die. I mourn with the family for this great loss,” wrote Letitia de Wet.

“Dear Dennis, Take it easy up that Stairway to Heaven. A gifted soul, a man’s kind of family man, a real mensch, an inspiration to so many people in the business, and someone I loved talking with … and we always had so much to talk about, even after concluding our co-hosted show all those years ago,” wrote Alfie Jay.

“I am absolutely shocked. Rest gently Dennis East. It was a blast and an honour to share a stage with you. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. You will be so missed,” wrote Andoline Bezuidenhout.

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  • Dennis East was born in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
  • He kicked off his music career in the 1960s and performed with The Rising Sons, a band formed in Pietermaritzburg.
  • Dennis sang vocals for the band.
  • The music legend formed Stingray, a local rock band made up of Danny Anthill, Mike Pilot, Shaun Wright, Eddie Bole and Alan Goldswain.
  • East released 10 solo albums throughout his music career.

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