- Veteran actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has passed away at the age of 66, according to various media reports online
- Shaleen apparently had breathing problems, according to a fellow actress, and her family is due to release a statement soon
- Mzansi social media users have been reacting to the news about Shaleen's death and have been sharing condolences
Mzansi actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died. On Monday, the actress was discovered dead in a guest house near Cape Town. Shaleen was best recognised for her roles as Ester Willemse in the M-Net soap series Egoli: Place Of Gold and as Fiela in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind.
The actress' family is going to release a statement at a later stage but it was reported by News24 that she had experienced trouble breathing.
"She's been struggling with her health lately. She's had complications with her lungs and has struggled to breath, but the cause of her death is not yet known. She was in Cape Town to film scenes for the kykNET telenovela, 'Arendsvlei'," said actress Lizz Meiring.
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Fans respond to her passing
Elysian Management, Surtie-Richards' management company, used social media to announce the stalwart's death, according to a report by IOL. Mzansi has been reacting to the news online and is saddened by her death. Check out some of the comments below:
Patricia Wright said:
"So sorry to hear this. She was a great actress. May she rest in peace."
Teddy Mari commented:
"Condolences to the bereaved family. May her soul RIP."
Ruth Makgale said:
"May her soul rest in peace."
Another veteran performer passed away recently due to illness
Briefly News previously reported that legendary Home Affairs actor MacDonald Mathunjwa passed away. The veteran actor died on Tuesday morning, 1 June, according to his family.
The legendary thespian's death was confirmed by his daughter Zanoxolo Mathunjwa. She took to social media and shared that she was heartbroken after her father's death. The star was best known in Mzansi for his role as Vusi in Home Affairs and Rev Phiri in Bone of Bones.
Zanoxolo posted on Twitter:
"RIP daddy, #heartbroken. MacDonald Ndodana Mathunjwa passed away today."
Since Zanoxolo shared the news of her dad's passing, Mzansi social media users have sent her and her family heartfelt condolences.
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