Benson Mhlongo, a famed Bafana Bafana icon and former Orlando Pirates defender, is mourning the sudden passing of his beloved wife after a protracted illness in a devastating turn of events.
Benson Mhlongo’s wife, Prety, unfortunately, died on Thursday night in the Johannesburg hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
Benson is currently surrounded by his family and friends, who are offering him comfort at this trying time following the loss of his life partner, according to confidential sources close to the retired football player, who spoke to Zimoja.
Unfortunately, after receiving medical care in the hospital for a month, Pretty passed away in front of her family—Benson, her husband, and their kids.
An insider disclosed further details regarding the heart-wrenching ordeal:
“After numerous visits to the emergency ward, she, unfortunately, lost her battle. Benson and their children were present at the hospital when she passed away. It was as if they had an intuition that her time was drawing near.”
When approached for comment, Benson Mhlongo confirmed the devastating news of his wife’s passing. He shared that the family is currently navigating the overwhelming process of coming to terms with their loss.
Even amidst their profound grief, they take solace in knowing that she departed this world surrounded by the unwavering love of her cherished ones.
In a broken voice, Benson expressed his sorrow:
“Yes, she has passed away. Funeral arrangements have yet to be made. I am unable to provide further details at this time.”
The former Bafana Bafana player, who showcased his skills as both a defender and a midfielder during his illustrious career, chose not to disclose the nature of his late wife’s illness.