Derek Watts, a well-known TV presenter and a beloved figure from Carte Blanche, has peacefully passed away on a Tuesday morning, with his loved ones by his side. Our sincere sympathies extend to his wife and children during this difficult period of bereavement. He will always remain cherished in the memories of his Carte Blanche colleagues and viewers alike.
Who Was Derek Watts?
Derek Watts, originally from Hillbrow, was more than just a TV host. He also taught others about media, talked at events, and guided as an MC. He became a true symbol and was used to lead Carte Blanche in South Africa. His efforts in journalism and broadcasting will never be forgotten. He worked for many years, using his unique mix of understanding, kindness, and hard work. As the face of Carte Blanche, Derek fearlessly discussed urgent problems, telling honest stories that reached people all over the country. He was really dedicated to finding the truth and showing important things. This had a big effect. But Derek wasn’t only on TV; he was friendly and easy to like, making the viewers feel close to him. Derek Watts’ impact goes beyond his time as a TV host. He was a pioneer who encouraged future journalists and left a strong mark on South African media.
Derek Watts Died: What Was His Cause Of Death?
Renowned South African veteran TV host and journalist Derrick Watts passed away on Tuesday after a prolonged struggle with cancer. The news of his passing was shared by his family, revealing that he had been battling a rare and deadly form of skin cancer. Derrick Watts was surrounded by his family when he peacefully passed away. Earlier this year, Derrick Watts had been admitted to the hospital due to a stroke, after which he frequently visited the medical center for treatments. The Carte Blanche team expressed their grief in a heartfelt message on Facebook, confirming his passing and describing him as an anchor and icon of the show.
It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of Carte Blanche anchor and icon, Derek Watts. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning surrounded by loved ones. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and children in this time of loss. He will forever hold a special place in the hearts and minds of his #CarteBlanche family. @MNet #RIPDerekWatts– Wrote by Carte Blanche
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Obituary And Funeral Arrangements
The family of Derrick Watts has announced that his obituary and details about his funeral arrangements will be shared at a later time. They are currently taking the necessary time to heal from this challenging period, and once they feel prepared, they will provide updates regarding the plans for his funeral and share his obituary with the public.
Tributes Pour In for Derrick Watts
M-Net shared a message on their Facebook page, saying,
M-Net extends its heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and loved ones of the late, Derek Watts. We remember him as a dedicated investigative journalist and a longstanding presenter of Carte Blanche. His unwavering commitment to his work and his determination in the face of challenges were truly remarkable. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. May they find solace in the cherished memories they shared and may Derek’s legacy continue to inspire us all.
Faizal Sayed also posted on Facebook, expressing,
I am deeply saddened at the passing of Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts. This image is a behind the scenes image taken when Derek visited my office. I recall him towering over me as he was very tall. Going to miss his riveting investigations.
The Democratic Alliance shared their thoughts on Facebook too, saying,
The DA wishes to express its condolences to the family of pioneering TV journalist Derek Watts, who dominated the Carte Blanche screens for decades.
We will remember Derek for his authentic journalism.