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South African Model and Chef Sonia Cabano reportedly dies at the age 57

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We are saddened to announce that the former South African model and TV chef Sonia Cabano has died unexpectedly

She was found dead in her home on Monday at the age of 57.

Sonia was a well-known South African chef, Her death was confirmed by her brother Meyer de Waal to Netwerk24 that first reported about the death of Sonia Cabano.

Speaking on her death, Meyer said that Sonia Cabano’s body was found in her home but couldn’t confirm her cause of death.

Also confirming the news of her death was Cariema Isaacs, who is a project manager at Shell said:

“Devastated to have woken up to this news, every piece of me is broken this morning
My angel, Sonia Cabano, you would have wanted me to whisper these words, urged me to come closer so that you could hear the sounds of the Arabic pronunciation. You would have cried understanding its beauty, as you often did listening to the call of prayer every morning.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un إِنَّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ‎,
“To GOD we belong and to Him do we return.”
I will miss you terribly.
I will miss your words of encouragement.
I’ll miss our voice notes and messages.
I’ll miss your wit, your humour and oh, how much I will miss your blatant honesty!
I will miss your silent presence…I will miss you.
Be at peace my beloved, for you return to your rightful place among the angels”

She was popularly known as Sonia de Waal, born in Bloemfontein and grew up in Brandfort in the Free State but lived in Cape Town after she returned following over a decade of living in London.

Sonia Cabano leaves behind two children, Guillaume (21) and Sabah (19) that she had while married to Dr Deon Cabano.

As a former model during the 1980s, Sonia de Waal appeared on magazine covers and in multiple local and international advertising campaigns in print as well as in TV commercials, in photo sessions shot around the world for marketing campaigns for several sought-after consumer beauty brands.

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