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Saturday, August 21, 2010


Popular arts journalist dies after giving birth.

Beverley Ann Sigamoney, well-known and popular senior arts journalist and sub-editor of Eastern Express as well as a Durban Theatre Awards judge, passed away on August 18 at McCord Hospital. She was 39.

The partner of SABC cameraman Clive Read, Bev gave birth to their baby girl, Cesira, on August 17 but fell ill the following day. After this, her condition deteriorated and she suffered internal bleeding, eventually dying of liver failure that night.

Bev Sigamoney started her writing career at Tabloid Newspapers and had been with the Eastern Express since its inception. She also contributed to other publications and newspapers.

“Her work and impact on the community has defined who she was in the industry,” says an Eastern Express representative. “Her stories included controversial pieces, light-hearted profiles and (she) even tracked down a local musician who was advancing in a career in the USA. Bev also made an impact in the arts industry and shed new light for up and coming producers, directors and actors.”

“As a journalist covering the arts,” explains arts publicist Illa Thompson of Publicity Matters, “Bev was such a champion for us all and gave us such support and remarkable coverage over the years. Her enthusiasm, optimism and love of the arts and her family will be remembered fondly.”

Funeral details are as follows: The Requiem Mass will take place on Sunday, August 22 at St Paul’s Church (opposite the Workshop) West Street, Durban. The body will lie in state from 12h00 to 12h40 for viewing. Tributes from 12h40 to 12h55 followed by Mass from 13h00 to 14h00, followed by the cremation at 15h00 at Clare Estate.