The sudden death of a popular South African television presenter has sparked an outpouring of tributes from around the world.
Simba Mhere died in a car crash that killed seven other people on the N3 motorway near Johannesburg in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He was the well-known presenter of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) biggest lifestyle programme, Top Billing.
Thursday's edition of the show charted Mr Mhere's life-changing journey to become an award-winning presenter and television personality.
The 26-year-old, who was born in Zimbabwe, became famous after winning its presenter search in 2010 and was on the rise.
His manager, Lorraine Meizel, told SABC: “He was going places. He was the most amazing human being.
“Gentle, kind and loving, honest, hardworking. He was everything; he was the most extraordinary person.
“I saw him on Thursday. And I always used to kiss him on the neck and always used to love it and shake.”
Mr Mhere studied accounting at the University of Johannesburg before going into presenting, working as a voice-over artist and a master of ceremonies for South African events including the Mrs South Africa pageant.
As the news of his death spread in South Africa on Saturday, people took to Twitter to pay tribute to him, sparking several trends in the UK and around the world.
In utter shock! Sad sad day. A true gentleman. A people's person. A humble guy that always had a warm smile and a hug to give.#RIPsimba— Lalla Hirayama (@Lalla_Hirayama) January 31, 2015
Shocked and saddened to hear we have lost the incredibly humble, talented and dynamic Simba Mhere. #RIPsimba— seano.co.za (@moreseano) January 31, 2015
Simba. Sweetest guy and full of life! Always greeted with the biggest smile and hug. Life...you never know when it's your day. #RIPSimba— Hulisani Ravele (@HulisaniRavele) January 31, 2015
You sent me a message to check up on me yesterday morning while I was on set... The love you had for people #RIPSimba— K Naomi Noinyane (@KNaomi_N) January 31, 2015
...Simba was one of the coolest, most genuine guys that I've met in the industry. Someone I'm sooooo grateful to have known! ❤ #RIPSimba— K Naomi Noinyane (@KNaomi_N) January 31, 2015
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