Deborah Fraser’s loved ones gathered at the Station in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday to bid an emotional final farewell to the veteran gospel star.
The multi-award winning star died in Chris Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, after a short illness.
Her friends and family say Fraser will be remembered for her generosity and compassion for people.
It was an emotionally-charged ceremony, as those close to the fallen star spoke about the impact she had on their lives.
During her funeral service, Fraser was described as a “Mother Teresa” who opened her arms and home to all.
Hailing the fallen star, the internationally recognized South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka said: “Thanks Sis Debs for the love and for everything you have done for us, lala kahle Sisi!,” then broke into a soul-stirring tribute song to Fraser.
Fraser will be remembered for her touching songs, and for acquiring multiple awards and sold over a million copies of her albums in a career spanning more than three-and-a-half decades.
She was born in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, and later moved to Johannesburg in 1986 to pursue her music career.