Top South African cardiologist, Professor Bongani Mayosi has reportedly taken his own life on Friday after battling depression.
According to a statement released by his family, the 51-year-old dean of health sciences at the University of Cape Town suffered depression for two years.
“It is with great sadness that we‚ the Mayosi family‚ announce the passing of our husband‚ son‚ father‚ brother and uncle‚ Bongani Mayosi.
Bongani died on the morning of 27 July 2018. In the last two years he has battled with depression and on that day took the desperate decision to end his life.”
Mayosi made his name as one of the world’s top cardiology researchers when he discovered the genetic mutation that causes heart failure.