Man who won seat to travel to space dies in motorcycle accident
A South African man, Mandla Maseko, who won a seat among 22 others, to travel on a trip to space has died in a motorcycle accident before he could achieve the feat
Maseko, picked for the trip sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy, reportedly died in a motorcycle crash which occurred last Saturday.
The South African, popularly known as Spaceboy and Afronaut, before his death would have been the first black African in space, after beating over a million people to win the sub-orbital trip.
“It is with deep sadness that the Maseko family confirms that Mandla Maseko tragically passed away in a bike accident last night, July 6 2019,” family spokesperson Sthembile Shabangu announced in a media release on Sunday.
“Maseko will be sorely missed. May Mandla Maseko’s kind and beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.”
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