Drug overdose might have killed Pearl Shongwe – Police

A potential drug overdose is being considered in the passing of television and radio personality Pearl Shongwe. Shongwe, known for her role as a news reader on Tbo Touch’s Touch Down show, was discovered deceased at her residence in Polofields, north of Johannesburg in Gauteng, in November last year.

Found lying in her bed by family members and complex security guards who entered through a window, her sudden demise raised suspicions among fans who were surprised by the unexpected turn of events.

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Detectives investigating the incident have dismissed foul play and are focusing on a suspected drug overdose after seizing a significant amount of drugs from her residence in Waterfall.

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The detective involved mentioned that drugs were found in her bedroom during the search for clues surrounding her death. The authorities were alerted to the situation by Shongwe’s family and ADT security guards upon discovering her lifeless body in her bedroom.

“We suspect drug overdose because we have found drugs in her bedroom when we were combing the house for possible leads to her death,” said the detective, who did not want to be identified because internal police procedure prohibits them from speaking to the media without permission.

Talking about her death, the detective said they had received a call from Shongwe’s family and ADT security guards, who found her lifeless body in her bedroom.

When they arrived, Shongwe’s family and the guards told them that they had forced entry into her unit by removing her bedroom window when she failed to open the door after calling on her to unlock it.

“They found her motionless body lying face down in her bed,” said the detective.

The cop said Gauteng Emergency Medical Services employee Kamo Ramaitlane arrived at the former SABC2 newsreader’s house and examined her body.

“The personnel declared her dead on the scene. The drugs were confiscated and will be sent to the laboratory for further investigations,” said the officer.

Another cop said a blood sample was drawn from Shongwe’s body to determine if she had used drugs before her death.


The cop also said they had requested CCTV footage to check who the last person was who entered her unit before her death.

“We are doing so because it is also possible that someone might have killed her and left drugs there to cover up their evil deeds. But all that will be determined by a preliminary autopsy report, which we will get in two weeks’ time,” said the detective.

The cop’s version of events was corroborated by a short police statement this newspaper has seen. The statement reads in part: “The motive for her death is unknown. Further investigation is underway to establish the cause of death.”

Drugs were also found inside “her’ unit”, reads the statement.

Sunday World has learnt that police are still awaiting a toxicologist report, which will reveal the cause of her death.

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