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Tributes pour in for race car champ Gugu Zulu

South African racing car driver Gugu Zulu has died just as he was preparing to summit Kilimanjaro for Mandela Day.

The 38-year-old was part of the Trek4Mandela initiative, but suffered breathing problems while on the mountain and was brought down on Sunday night.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation says that Zulu was at the base camp with the rest of the team when medical experts attended to him and decided to take him to hospital.

The remaining over 40 team members continued the summit, and they have not yet been informed of his untimely passing.

Spokesperson Neeran Naidoo says that the foundation extends its condolences to loved ones as authorities work to repatriate Zulu's body.

It's a sad loss for the foundation, as it is for all his friends, family and the rest of South Africa. Its a huge tragedy for us.

Neeran Naidoo, Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesperson

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

At the same time, a long-time teammate and friend, Carl Peskin says he is struggling to come to grips with the loss.

Peskin remembers the race car champion as a fit, loving, hard-working and inspirational man.

Gugu had an enthusiasm that I don't think anyone could equal... He had an infectious personality that made you smile.

Carl Peskin, race car navigator

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:


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