Mark Pilgrim daughters and wife are currently in grief after the untimely demise of the veteran radio and TV presenter.
Mark Pilgrim was a popular South African media figure who presented several radio and television shows, most notably as a DJ on 5FM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 Kfm, Hot919, and Hot 102.7 fm.
He served as the host of the MNET game shows Power of 10, the first season of Big Brother Africa, and both seasons of Big Brother South Africa on television.
In March 2022, Pilgrim received a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis. The host later disclosed in June that cancer had progressed to his femur, the base of his spine, and lymph nodes.
In September, Pilgrim experienced a collapsed lung, which resulted in other problems. The journalist endured numerous surgical treatments in October and November to address the collapsed lung, and he recuperated for weeks in the intensive care unit.
According to News24, the father of two was found to have aggressive Stage 3 testicular cancer but recovered in 1988.
Mark Pilgrim Daughters, Wife And Fiancée
Mark Pilgrim daughters are named Tayla-Jean and Alyssa Pilgrim. The television host tied the marital knot with his wife Nicole Torres in Mauritius on July 7, 2007.
But the couple filed for divorce in 2020 after 13 years of staying together as husband and wife.
Torres and Mark Pilgrim kids, Tayla Jean was born in April 2010, and Alyssa was born in 2012.
The social media handles are filled with happy snaps of Mark Pilgrim daughters and his partner Adrienne Watkins.
Yes, Mark moved on and started dating his girlfriend-turned-fiancée, Adrienne. They were introduced via common friends.
The late Radio DJ proposed to his girlfriend on New Year’s Eve, as noted by Cape Town. Mark frequently compliments her partner for standing by him as he battled his illness.
According to You magazine, Mark wanted to go on a vacation with his partner, Adrienne, and his daughters to new places and wanted to stay on the radio for a long time as it was his happy place.
In the past, while receiving treatment for stage 4 lung cancer, Mark Pilgrim shocked his family by inviting three special guests.
The South African radio host spent time with three highly trained Retriever therapy dogs from Golden Rescue SA along with his daughters Tayla-Jean and Alyssa.
Pilgrim posted pictures of his dogs swimming and running in his backyard on his social media handles.
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Mark Pilgrim Career Highlights
Mark Pilgrim was a renowned personality in the radio world whose profile was also available on the Wikipedia platform.
Mark initiated his radio career in the 1980s at Voice of Wits college radio. In 1995, he joined 5FM but resigned from 5 FM in 2003.
Later, the radio host began working for Johannesburg’s 94.7 Highveld Stereo. In October 2007, Pilgrim conducted a charting program that was concurrently broadcast on two radio stations (KFM and 94.7).
Pilgrim left radio at the end of June 2014, but he returned a few months later to Johannesburg’s brand-new Hot 91.9FM, originally hosting just a Saturday morning show from 9 am to noon before returning full-time and hosting shows from Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon.
The television host received the Liberty Radio Award for the Best Daytime Program in South Africa in 2019 after winning the MTN Radio Award for the Best Weekend Radio Show in South Africa in 2015.
Also, in recognition of his contributions to the radio industry, Mark was admitted into the South African Radio Awards Hall of Fame in 2021.
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