- The sad and unexpected passing of veteran actor Patrick Shai on Saturday rocked many South Africans
- Taking to Instagram to express his disappointment was actor Hlomla Dandala, who said social media trolling led to Shai’s death
- The late actor was previously in the media after he exchanged a war of words with Cassper Nyovest ahead of their boxing match
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After learning the sad news of the untimely passing of SA veteran actor Patrick Shai, actor Hlomla Dandala has called out social media trolls who may have played a part in Shai taking his life at his Dobsonville home on Saturday, 22 January.
Briefly News previously reported that Shai recently made the news after he exchanged words with Cassper Nyovest ahead of their boxing match. Shai said some unkind words about Cassper's mom, resulting in the rapper withdrawing from the exhibition match.
Dandala took to social media to voice his disapproval at those who spoke ill of Shai, indicating that it was the cause of the veteran actor’s death.
In an Instagram post he shared a video in which he said:
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“I just found out about Ta Patrick Shai’s passing and all those people that came at him for likes, I hope you’re happy now.”
He further captioned the video:
“For those who wanted Patrick Shai cancelled. You wanted it. You got it. #RIPPatrickShai”
The post sends chills down the spine and is a reminder to always exercise kindness to others. Here are some users’ views on the post:
“Not ok at all.”
“So sorry to hear this. #MHSRIP”
“Powerful message. #BeKind”
“It’s unbelievable! I think he went to the wrong platform. Twitter streets are very rough! Something has to be done to change this heartless behaviour. We need to promote kindness and empathy.”
“I hope people can learn from this.”
“One of my all-time fav actors. Just when I was happy to see him back on our screens... awu kodwa Jita.”
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Veteran actor Patrick Shai has passed away, social media reacts
Briefly News previously reported that veteran actor Patrick Shai has tragically passed away. His family confirmed that he died on Saturday morning. His fans remember him for his roles in Generations, Soul City and Zero Tolerance.
Actor Patrick Shai does damage control after being slammed for vile words aimed at Cassper Nyovest & his mom
Recently he made the news after a spat on social media with Cassper Nyovest ahead of their boxing match. Shai said some unkind words about Cassper's mom, resulting in the rapper withdrawing from the exhibition match.
Shai issued an apology to Cassper online days before his death. eNCA confirmed that he passed away.
Social media was awash with rumours that the veteran actor committed suicide. TimesLIVE reported that the family spokesperson, Amogelang Mmusi, had not been ready to confirm the cause of death at the time of publishing.
Source: Briefly News