South African Dj and Painter loses battle to Progeria
DJ and artist Leon Botha has died aged 26. Botha was diagnosed with progeria at age 4, and is believed to have been one of the longest-surviving sufferers of the condition before his passing on Sunday.
Typically, sufferers of progeria, a rare genetic condition which causes the appearance of premature aging, live only to their teens.
He featured in the Enter the Ninja video by zef-hip hop group Die Antwoord and was also involved in deejaying and turntablism under the name DJ $olarize.
MC and social activist Emile Jansen said Botha touched everyone involved in art and hip hop. “He had extremely intelligent views. We learned a lot from his perspective. But we knew at some stage we’d have to face him not being with us any longer. His death is a loss to young people. But the work of any artist, including Leon’s, will continue to live on.”