09 June 2011

Die Antwoord's Botha: what is progeria?

Leon Botha, member of the South African musical phenomenon Die Antwoord, died of progeria and is the oldest person to die from this condition. Learn more about progeria.

Leon Botha, artist, DJ and member of the South African musical phenomenon Die Antwoord, died of complications of progeria on Sunday, one day after his 26th birthday.

Its symptoms strongly resemble normal ageing and children typically appear significantly older.

  • Growth failure during the first year of life
  • Narrow, shrunken or wrinkled face
  • Baldness
  • Loss of eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Short stature
  • Large head for size of face (macrocephaly)
  • Open soft spot (fontanelle)
  • Small jaw
  • Dry, scaly, thin skin
  • Limited range of motion
  • Delayed or absent formation of teeth




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