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At 25, Trevor Noah’s abusive stepfather tried to hunt him down and kill him after shooting his mother and leaving her for dead

Comedian Trevor Noah was recently announced as the next host of The Daily Show, replacing current host Jon Stewart, who transformed the show from light comedy to a satirical political force. Noah is poised to step up to the plate, and in anticipation of his new spotlight, Daily Mail has released some details of his life before the meteoric rise to fame.

Noah, whose father was Swiss and whose mother was a black South African during apartheid, was raised in the slums of South Africa. Although Noah’s mother and grandmother described a little boy who was constantly telling jokes and getting into trouble, things turned grim in 2009, when Noah was 25 years old, after his violent former stepfather, Abel Shingange, shot his mother and decided to come after him.

Noah’s grandmother, Nomalizo Noah, recalled, “After shooting the mother Abel went around with a gun trying to find Trevor, but Trevor was always here, there and everywhere, performing on stage, you never knew where he was.

So when Patricia’s husband began to hunt him he couldn’t find him.”

Noah kept up a vigil beside his mother and paid for her hospital stay, allowing her to stay under a different name so her ex-husband could not find her.

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