Legendary South African racing car driver Gugu Zulu has died this morning before summiting Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
The 38-year-old was part of a group of prominent South Africans, including his wife Letshego Zulu, who were part of the Trek4Mandela initiative.
He was rushed to hospital on Sunday when he experienced breathing problems.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Neeran Naidoo said: “We spoke to two members this morning and we understand he had problems breathing last night. The medical team on site put him onto a drip and brought him down from the mountain. They tried everything possible to save his life but unfortunately we lost Gugu this morning.”
The foundation has also extended its sincere condolences to the Zulu family.
In a statement by the foundation, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang said: “I am devastated. I knew him well. I recruited him to climb Kilimanjaro. The last thing he said to me at the airport before he left last week was that he wanted to speak about doing other Mandela Day projects. I feel a huge sense of loss.”
Zulu is a celebrated and well-established racing driver for Volkswagen. He leaves behind his wife and baby girl who turned one in June.