A DJ who was set to become the first black African in space has died in a motorbike accident before his dream became reality.
Mandla Maseko, 30, was dubbed the Afronaut after beating more than one million people to win one of 23 places at a space academy in the United States in 2013.
The South African was due to travel 64 miles into space on an hour-long sub-orbital flight as part of the programme in 2015, but the mission was postponed.
His family confirmed he died on Saturday when the motorbike he was riding collided with a car.
Mandla, a part-time DJ and candidate officer with the South African air force, was born to a school cleaner and auto tool maker in Soshanguve township near Pretoria.