British singer Sir. Elton John has been devastated by the news of the death of his South African friend and Children’s HIV doctor Arthi Ramkissoon who died at 61 from Coronavirus on Monday, January 18.
“Tragically Dr. Ramkissoon fell victim to Covid last week and after a brave but short battle lost her fight for life on Monday.” A source from the hospital reported.
The source added that the musician’s foundation had been informed of Arthi’s death.
“The Elton John Aids Foundation were informed and have been in constant contact. They offered Sir Elton’s sincere condolences and they said he was deeply upset. One of Arthi’s most prized possessions was a photograph taken of her with Sir Elton, now 73, at the fundraising auction.”
The hospital remembered Dr. Arthi as strong, resilient, and persistent in her efforts of supporting the facility.
“She was like a human dynamo and never gave up raising money for the hospital since she joined in 2012. Her loss is a huge blow, but we will keep up her work in her memory.” the source added.
Arthi and Elton became friends after she reached out to him asking for his help to rebuild the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Children’s Hospital Trust.
Surprisingly, the Don’t Go Breaking My Heart hitmaker traveled to Durban to discuss the plans that Arthi had to help teenagers living with AIDS.
In 2017, Elton flew Dr.Ramkissoon together with the hospital’s youth representative, Lindiwe Nyathikazi, a Britain for a £5,000-a-head fundraiser at his Berkshire home. It is reported that over £2.5million was raised for the KZN Children’s hospital.
Dr. Ramkissoon remained close friends with the music star and according to sources Sir. Elton visited the hospital after the project was completed and even made more donations.
It is said that the history of the hospital fascinated Elton as it was first used to care for and treat only children in South Africa regardless of race.
But fell into disrepair until 2012 when its name was changed from the Addington Children’s Hospital to the KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital.