South African racecar driver Gugu Zulu has died while attempting to summit Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Zulu and his wife Letshego formed part of a Trek4Mandela expedition, which would see them climb the mountain to raise funds for this year’s Nelson Mandela Day (which ironically falls on the same day that Zulu died).
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of the climbers on the Trek4Mandela, Gugu Zulu lost his life early this morning in his attempt to summit Kilimanjaro,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement released earlier today. The foundation added Zulu had experienced breathing problems but that not much else was known about the circumstances surrounding his death as yet.
Zulu was a well-respected and established racecar driver for Volkswagen. He leaves behind his wife and one year old daughter.
May his soul rest in peace and may his family and friends find comfort in the fond memories shared.