After sending out a call for assistance in finding a missing person earlier this week, media personality Penny Lebyane is now mourning the death of her friend, Steven Phiri.

“We asked for help yesterday. We senselessly lost our beloved Kopano Steven Phiri. A son, a brother and a friend.

“Thank you for your prayers and any form of assistance you shared with us. What an unreal 24 hours,” Lebyane wrote on her X account on Saturday after Phiri’s demise was confirmed.

The Citizen reached out to Lebyane for comment and the broadcaster said she was holding up, requesting to speak to Phiri’s family first before the media.

Worst fears materialised
On Saturday Phiri’s family released a statement after days of searching for him.

“Despite our collective efforts and the public search instituted to locate him, the family now confirms that Steven has left us.