• Fatima Sydow’s family has denied reports that the iconic chef has died. The death rumour has been spreading on social media and fake news websites.

    On Wednesday, 12 December, the family clarified on Facebook that this information was false.

    ‘It has come to our attention that there is a false message circulating about the passing of our beloved sister and aunt, Fatima Sydow. We want to clarify that this information is NOT true.’

    ‘Fatima is currently in a critical condition, bravely battling stage 4 cancer. We kindly request your support through your prayers and positive thoughts during this challenging time.’

    ‘Please refrain from spreading unverified information and join us in uplifting Fatima with your heartfelt duas/prayers. Your love and support mean the world to us,’ they wrote.

    The family also stated that, in consideration of Fatima’s condition, they appreciate people’s understanding that they will not be able to accommodate any visitors during this time.

    In October, Cape Town-based musicians and entertainment industry friends came together to host a benefit concert for the celebrity chef at the packed-to-capacity Opera House – Artscape Theatre Centre.

    She received R300 000 as a result of the show.

    Sydow (49) has been open about her cancer journey with her followers since being diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma in December 2020.

    This journey has put her strength and resilience to the test, taking her through a gruelling series of treatments and surgeries, each of which has taken a toll on her physical and emotional well-being.

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    Written by Murray Swart for Cape Etc.

    Feature image: Fatima Sydow/Instagram