South African singer Patricia Lewis says her family’s “hearts are shattered” following her mother’s death on Sunday. “We are devastated beyond what any words can ever describe,” she said.

Her mother, Linda Lewis, was 73 years old.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Patricia said: “Her 12-year emotional rollercoaster and lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease has finally come to an end. We are all very grateful that the end was painless and peaceful.”

In the lengthy post, the singer said: “We would never have ever been ‘ready’ to say goodbye,” and remembered her mother as an “incredible woman in every aspect of her life”.

“We are comforted in the knowledge that we will all be reunited with her and all of our loved ones again one day,” she added.

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The Lewis family thanked the public for respecting their decision to deal with the “horrendous disease in total privacy” saying: “It was her wish and ours as a family too.”

In 2020, Patricia spoke to Huisgenoot about her decision to leave the spotlight, saying it was not only to be at home with her son but also to support her mother following her Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

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