It seems that being a celebrity is both a curse and a blessing. Some live a lavish life and die broke. Others become experts in their field only to be forgotten when the next best thing comes along. This so called next best thing is usually a younger version and before we know it, the veterans are tossed aside only to be remembered when they die.
That's when fellow celebrities come in numbers to express their condolences and how talented the person was.
Former Isidingo actress Lesego Motsepe's death had me question the entertainment industry on so many levels. Why do so many of these celebs die with next to nothing? I'm not saying she was broke, but I know for a fact she was not rolling in it either.
Her career in the spotlight had diminished but her talent has never been questioned.
How sad is it that we had almost forgotten about her until she appeared on a magazine cover assuring us she was living happily with HIV?
Remember Vinolia Mashego? How sad is that though, I mean what ever happened to her.
Worse because poverty came with extra kilograms for her. Double trauma!
It's such a shame if she were to die today, we would get SMS's asking for donations to make her dream of being buried in a velvet interior casket come true.
Can we not have a trust find for these people?
A stokveld even that can ensure they live a comfortable life after the fame has subsided or they catch some funky disease.
Think of Baby Jake? He was practically on hand outs before he met his death.
What about Zombo who died as poor as a church mouse?
So here is the plan, I would like to challenge Sophie Ndaba and her side kick Connie Ferguson to open a trust fund for celebs.
The criteria should be based on talent, years in the industry and their reputation. People like Lesego would be eligible for such. I think this would be such a wonderful thing because really, we can't have our beloved dying so sad. We could name the trust fund the "Die Stylish" trust fund for people who know fame.
Celebs can have a debit order that goes directly into the fund, ensuring a reasonably happy ending. That way so many celebs who have worked hard on their life and spent their millions because life is good, can have a happy ending.
By: Thabi @missWami