Charl Van den Berg, Mr Gay World ’10, lost his life to cancer this week. At the young age of 33, Charl was suffering from lymphatic cancer. He breathed his last in his native country of South Africa.
Charl won the SA crown of Mr Gay King ’09 after which he went on to bag the World title in 2010. He had been an active ambassador of LGBT rights and a role model for LGBT youth. He had represented Prides in Europe and laid the foundation of the upcoming competition in Manila. He has been an iconic figure in the Gay World.
As quoted by Mr Gay World website: “Throughout his reign, Charl continued to uphold the ethos and message of Mr Gay World wherever he traveled, making friends around the world.”
Much loved, Charl was seen as a very humble and down-to-earth person. His former colleagues remember him as a delightful person to work with.
“He conducted himself in a friendly, approachable and exemplary fashion, keeping his feet firmly on the ground and doing the job he was chosen for without airs and graces. Today, we have lost a member of our family, a hero and a friend.”
Featured in various magazines and interviews, Charl always had his heart set on promoting the message of equality and making homosexuality a more accepted idea. He served the global community in all his capacity. His loss will be deeply regretted world-wide.