South African author and filmmaker John W Fredericks has died at the age of 73
Recently diagnosed with cancer, it was reported that he had died peacefully at his home.
He is best known for his book, Skollie, which was based on his life experiences.
The book was turned into the critically praised hit local film, Noem My Skollie.
Born into poverty and pursuing a life of crime, Mr Fredericks ended up in jail and decided that he will turn his life around and become a positive role model.
His legacy will be the thousands of young men and women that was influenced by his words and decided to empower themselves.