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Hot 102.7 FM Confirms Mark Pilgrim’s Death

Just two days after assuring fans that Mark Pilgrim was alive and well, radio station Hot 102.7 FM confirmed the passing of the beloved personality.

Mark tragically died just one year after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

The veteran TV and radio star leaves behind two children, Tayla-Jean and Alyssa, and fiancee Adrienne Watkins.


The radio station shared the heartbreaking news on its social media platforms.

It said in a statement: “HOT1027 DJ  Mark Pilgrim lost his battle with cancer this morning.

ALSO READ |Breaking: Mark Pilgrim Dies

“He fought valiantly to the very end. Mark passed peacefully with his fiancé Adrienne at home.  

“His family thank you for being part of his journey, for loving him, celebrating him, and supporting him always”.

Mark Pilgrim has just passed on: It was with great sadness that I share this news. Our hero and brother and much loved…

Posted by HOT 102.7 FM on Sunday, 5 March 2023


Meanwhile, scores of radio personalities have remembered Mark Pilgrim for his work in the industry, which spanned over three decades.

They included tributes from presenters like Gareth Cliff, Tim Plewman, and Brent Lindeque.

Health woes

In 1988 at 18 years old, Pilgrim was diagnosed with aggressive stage three testicular cancer. Twenty years later, the DJ suffered a heart attack in the doctor’s office, leaving him with permanent damage.

In 2022, Mark was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, for which he died while undergoing treatment.

Mark kept his fans and followers updated on his cancer journey on his YouTube account and social media platforms. He also maintained a positive mindset and regularly posts about “visualising healing”.

Motivational speaker and published author

In addition to TV and radio, Mark was also a published author of his inspiring  2015 memoir called Behind The Baldness.

He also advocated for cancer awareness through various charity endeavours and doubled as a motivational speaker.

In his own words, he was the “poster child for positivity, energy and embracing life!”

The South African

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