- The first of two memorial services for late actor Andile Gumbi was held on 6 November and it was a very touching event
- Andile's family, friends and co-workers came together to honour a great man who touched their lives
- His dedication to his acting career and his love for his family were some of the things praised by those who were close to him
Andile Gumbi's passing is something that the people who loved him are still struggling to deal with.
A memorial service was held for the late actor, who passed away after a massive heart attack in Israel, at the Assemblies of God church in Sandton on Wednesday, 6 November.
The aim was to honour and remember him and it was an emotional and touching service.
Briefly.co.za gathered that there were several moments that stood out as the memorial service was underway.
Isibaya's Desiree Markgraaff spoke of the way Andile loved his family.
"He always spoke about you ma. He spoke of everything he wanted to do for you. He never wanted to disappoint you. He loved his family and when he told us he was going to get engaged, we were over the moon."
Ron Kunene, one of the founding members of The Lion King musical, remembered that Andile was fierce and made history by playing Simba.
"He made history. He was the first African to play Simba on Broadway ... The man was fierce. He was fearless. He took the role. One thing we noticed is that he exuded the spirit of Zulu, the spirit of Biko. The man was tough. Even if he was playing a character, you could see the man was what the character was meant to be."
Brian Maku, Andile's manager, was very emotional and said he'll always remember the actor.
"The most important thing is that you know you will always be in my heart. The heavens have gained an angel. All I can say is thank you for being in my scenes. Thank you for all the moments, I will always light a candle at sunrise and sunset and remember you. God speed, my friend."
Andile's burial will take place in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday, 9 November.
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