Her manager, Peter Snyman, denied this aspect of the report.Her family, including her long-term partner, were at her side when she died.Affectionately called Ma Brrr by her fans, she was sometimes described as the "Queen of African Pop" or the "Madonna of The Townships" or simply as The Black Madonna.Her bold stage antics earned a reputation for "outrageousness".In 1981, at the age of 16, she left Cape Town for Soweto, Johannesburg, to seek her fortune as a singer.Fassie first joined the vocal group Joy (filling in for one of the members who was on maternity leave) and later became the lead singer for a township music group called Brenda and the Big Dudes.Known best for her songs "Weekend Special" and "Too Late for Mama", she was dubbed "The Madonna of the Townships" by Time magazine in 2001. From 1996 she released several solo albums, including Now Is the Time, Memeza (1997), and Nomakanjani? Most of her albums became multi-platinum sellers in South Africa; Memeza was the best-selling album in South Africa in 1998.On the morning of 26 April 2004, Fassie collapsed at her home in Buccleuch, Gauteng, and was admitted into a hospital in Sunninghill.
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The press were told that she had suffered cardiac arrest, but later reported that she had slipped into a coma brought on by an asthma attack.
The post-mortem report revealed that she had taken an overdose of cocaine on the night of her collapse, and this was the cause of her coma.
She was voted 17th in the Top 100 Great South Africans.
Her son Bongani "Bongz" Fassie performed "I'm So Sorry", a song dedicated to his mother, on the soundtrack to the 2005 Academy Award-winning movie Tsotsi.