Tributes have been paid to wedding planner and TV presenter Aleit Swanepoel who passed away. In a statement, the Aleit Groep confirmed that Aleit passed away in his sleep. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our founder, Aleit Swanepoel,” the statement reads.

“Aleit passed away in his sleep, and while there is no further information to share at this moment, we ask that you keep his family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time,” the statement continued. Aleit was an innovator, perfectionist, and creative genius whose flamboyant persona and dedication will be greatly missed. We will continue to uphold and nurture his great legacy through all Aleit businesses and entities.”

The 47-year-old was born in Worcester and started his career in the hospitality and hotel restaurant industry. But it was in front of the camera that he made a name for himself and his most recent season of Tyd Met Aleit which is broadcast on kykNET recently wrapped filming.

The Aleit Group was the go-to for celebrity weddings and bridal styling and Aleit even opened and operated an office in Europe. He is also a published author and in 2007 released his book 100 Words about Weddings.