The South African man, who won a trip to space sponsored by the Axe Apollo Space Academy has died in a motorcycle accident.
According to report, Mandla Maseko also known as Space boy and Afronaut, beat over one million people to win a trip to space and would have been the first black African in Space.
In a press release on Sunday, the family’s spokesperson Sthembile Shabangu said:
It is with deep sadness that the Maseko family confirms that Mandla Maseko tragically passed away in a bike accident last night, July 6 2019.
Maseko will be sorely missed. May Mandla Maseko’s kind and beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.
30-year-old Mandla who is an officer in the South African Air Force, grew up in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.
He was scheduled to be in the hour-long sub-orbital trip on the Lynx Mark II spaceship.
If the news of his death are true are true, may his soul rest in eternal peace.
Mandla Maseko's life is said to have been cut short after an accident last night. pic.twitter.com/AgrtKhCU4G
— Thato Mahlangu (@YoungAchieverSA) July 7, 2019