Ex-partner of late fashion designer Quiteria Kekana dies a month after succumbing to cancer

  • The ex-fiancé of late fashion designer Quiteria Kekana reportedly committed suicide on Wednesday May 25, just a month after the designer’s death
  • According to reports, Mario Mbhele, who ended his relationship with the creator in 2020, died at his home in KwaZulu-Natal
  • It’s been reported that Mario and the designer, who even dressed Beyoncé, were planning to get back together when he passed away in April.

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Quiteria Kekana’s ex-fiancé has passed away a month after the world-famous fashion designer died. According to reports, Phakamani “Mario” Mbhele ended his life on Wednesday, May 25.

Quiteria Kekana’s former partner Mario Mbhele has also passed away. Image: @quiteria14_, @quiteria_kekana
Source: Instagram

Mario was back home in KwaZulu-Natal when the tragic incident happened. Sunday world reports that Mario and Quiteria had planned to get back together when the fashion designer succumbed to cancer in April.

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The South African reports that the late ex-couple had ended their relationship in 2020 when the hard lockdown, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was introduced in Mzansi.

Designer Quiteria Kekana dies after short battle with cancer

In related news, In brief News reported that international fashion designer Lebogang “Quiteria” Kekana has died following a short battle with cancer. The 38-year-old family confirmed the tragic news in a statement released on Tuesday, April 19.

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Quiteria first obtained notaryship through its former partnership with George, with the couple known as Quiteria & George, SowetanLive reports.

Together the pair have created eye-catching clothes for local celebrities including Natasha Thahane, Enhle Mbali, Makhadzi and many Miss SA contestants. According to The South African, the designers even collaborated to create Beyonce’s dress for the Global Citizen Concert in 2018.

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Makhadzi mourns the passing of Quiteria Kekana

In brief News also reported that Kokovha Hitmaker Makhadzi also took to Instagram to express her heart to her friend and personal creator, Zalebs reports.

In the lengthy post, Makhadzi shared how Kekana reached out to her when she was going through a tough time in her life.

“I am heartbroken by your passing @quiteria Kekana. You were the only person I trusted when it came to sharing my personal issues. I remember 2019. I was broken, he was was going on a lot in my life. I lost a lot of things, including my relationship.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, seek help by contacting the numbers below:

Lifeline – 0861 322 322, Suicide Crisis Number – 0800 567 567, South African Depression and Anxiety Group Mental Health Number – 011 234 4837.

Source: News in Brief



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