Al Debbo ‘a true legend’: FF Plus


COMEDIAN Al Debbo, who died at the age of 87 in a Bloemfontein hospital, was a “true legend”, the Freedom Front Plus said today (July 13).


“Al Debbo was one of the extremely talented actors and comedians who could act without a script and still be funny and his passing away spells the end of an era,” FF Plus spokesman Anton Alberts said in a statement.


“Al Debbo will always be remembered for his empathy with others, his love for his people and to make them laugh, his love for his family, and for his country.


“During my time as head of legal services at MNet, I came to know Al Debbo personally and he enriched our lives by, among others, being one of the first faces on KykNET.


“He was a man who crawled deep into our hearts and we will always remember him. He was a true legend,” Alberts said.


Debbo was admitted to the Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic about three weeks ago with a mild lung infection, News24 reported.


Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Appelgryn said Debbo also received treatment for heart failure.


The comedian, actor and singer was honoured earlier this year at the Comics Choice Awards for his lifelong contribution to the entertainment industry.


Debbo made his debut in the film Die Kaskenades van Dokter Kwakin in 1949.


He followed this performance with 20 others. His last film appearance was in Leon Schuster’s Oh Shucks I’m Gatvol in 2004.


Debbo’s latest album Pieringoog Potpourri was released in 2000, featuring songs that made him famous, such as Hasie, Die Tantes van Nantes, and Brakke van Turffontein.

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