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So Sad… Positivity Champion Ontlametse Phalatse Passes on at 18



Ontlametse Ntlami Phalatse. Photo Credit: Instagram – @ntlami

Ontlametse Ntlami Phalatse, the 18-year old South African progeria sufferer has died.

According to eNCA, Phalatse passed away at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa outside Pretoria on Tuesday night.

Her death is coming weeks after she met with South African president Jacob Zuma to celebrate her birthday.

Progeria is a rare genetic disorder which causes premature aging.

“It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of our first lady, Ontlametse Ntlami Phalatse. Our hearts are filled with pain and sadness but Ontlametse – as we know her – would want us to carry on with her courageous spirit,” a family statement said.

Condolences to the family.


  1. deelami

    April 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    eya may her soul rest in peace

  2. funmilola

    April 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    thank God she lived positively, rip.

  3. 'Diddie

    April 12, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Awwww…she was so full of life and positive vibes.Rest in peace @Ntlami

  4. Ada_ugo

    April 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    oh no! we just found out about her and how she was keen to start uni. this is horrible.
    May her lovely soul rest in peace. Amen

  5. Marian

    April 12, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; It’s the life in your years,”

  6. rain

    April 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Great lady . Inspiring life is better than donkey years . We are all going to die someday. May her beautiful soul rest in Peace

  7. Omoté

    April 12, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    May her soul rest in perfect peace. After reading an article on her a while back, I remembered a set of twins that were used in a movie (can’t remember the title now) in Edo state a long time ago. They were termed evil n cursed n all that. It suddenly hit me, they had progeria. I’m pretty sure they were never diagnosed.

  8. isaid!!

    April 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Rest in peace beautiful soul.

  9. Nyamzo manie

    April 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Rest in peace ontla

  10. Vicky M

    April 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Words are not enough to express the pain in our hearts.We lost a courageous and a beautiful princess. Robala ka kgotso Ontlametse.YOU will forever be in our hearts

  11. Rolly

    April 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    So sad. Actually close to tears….

    I feel bad for always complaining about frivolous things. Life could be worse.

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