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Eddie Zondi, gone too soon

As a teenager, my weekends were a blur of homework, birthday parties, movie dates with squirmy awkward looking just-hit-puberty teenage boys and a stack of Mills and Boon novels.

But my Sundays were always reserved for Eddie Zondi and the 'Romantic Repertoire' on Metro FM.

I used to buy empty cassettes and record all my favourite love jams, and then every day after school I would spend hours pressing play and pause, writing and learning the lyrics.

These songs, I was convinced, became the background music to many things I was going through, especially heartache.

Each Sunday, I would either lie on my bed with my headphones on my ears, miserable and sad that week or, in a good week, and turn the radio in my room all the way up, hold my hairbrush tightly in my fist and belt out love songs from yester year, falling in and out of love with the messages listeners were sending in.

As I grew older, many of my habits changed but Sundays were always reserved for the 'Romantic Repertoire'.

Although I never knew him personally, Eddie Zondi was there through every single breakup, bad day, fat day and report day, teaching me about love and loss as he spoke to listeners who'd just married, survived a heart-wrenching divorce or even just chatted to a man who wanted to dedicate a love song to a someone he loved.

Zondi, I was convinced, spoke true words of wisdom - I was pretty much converted, he was a love doctor.

On Monday it was confirmed this legendary South African radio personality passed away. He was 47 years old.

This Sunday and the next won't be the same. But Zondi's words, wisdom and abundant love for love songs will live on.

He will be missed.

Tamsin Wort is a member of the EWN Online team in Cape Town. Follow her on Twitter: _ @TamsinShawn_

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