Robbie Malinaga’s grave has a new tombstone. Is it better than the original one?
Bataung Memorials redid the first tombstone after Robbie’s fans complained that the seven-tonne tombstone statue looked nothing like him.
Robbie was laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg earlier this month. The 49-year-old died on Christmas Day. He was diagnosed with anaemia several months before his death.
Pictures of his life-sized tombstone went viral on the day of his funeral, with many criticising the design.
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The company promised to rework the statue. The new tombstone was unveiled at the cemetery on Tuesday.
Robbie’s friends and family were present for the ceremony. His brother, Bheki Malinga, broke down in tears when he saw the new tombstone.
“I’m too emotional to talk, but what I can say is that we are happy with the work. There is so much resemblance now especially the head,” Tshisa Live quoted him as saying.
The new statue is a bust, rather than the full figure of the old version. Robbie is wearing a different suit, and instead of being surrounded by awards, he has a piano instead.
Tweets with pictures of the new tombstone:
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What do you think of Robbie’s new tombstone? Yea or nay?
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