Legendary Actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards Passes On

Tributes are pouring in for the former Rockville actress

By  | Jun 07, 2021, 12:30 PM  | Top of The

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Legendary actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has reportedly passed away and the reason for her death has not been announced as yet. A spokesperson from the Museum for South African Legends, Shaun Mynhardt, confirmed the news to the SABC.

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The iconic actress who entered the acting space in the 1980's reportedly lost her life at a guest house in Cape Town. She was 66 years old. It is said she was working on a television show hence her stay in Cape Town.

More details surrounding her death will be announced when her agency has spoken with her family.

The actress appeared in numerous Afrikaans television shows as well as English shows and is a familiar face. She acted in Generations, 7De Laan, Rockville and her ever-so-popular role in Leon Schuster's Mama Jack.

Other productions include M-Net's Egoli: Place of Gold, kykNet series Arendsvlei and Fiela se Kind, amongst many others.

Just recently, the entertainment industry lost another iconic actor David Butler. the actor who was 61 years old, was reportedly battling cancer when he unfortunately succumbed to it last week Thursday.

He was diagnosed with the disease in December 2020 as revealed by a Facebook page called 'BackABuddy'.

"Our beloved father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, David passed away peacefully this morning at around 10.30am. He was surrounded by family in a room filled with love. Although he had been ill, it is still, as is always the case, a huge shock. Nothing prepares one. We take comfort that David is reunited with his beautiful son," the statement reads. "We respectfully ask that the family are given space to process their loss. We will share with you the details of any arrangements as they unfold."

They were hopeful he was going to come out victorious as he had started a drug trial early this year. "Two week’s ago David’s oxygen levels were low, he had an infection, and he was admitted to hospital. He is now back home and receiving excellent care.

"We are hoping that he will start a new drug trial on Monday, but, as we have learned, nothing is a given … except of course that we love him, that David’s bravery and courage inspires us all, and we are, as always, grateful that he has so many people who care about him," the statement reads.

Rest In Peace Shaleen Surtie-Richards, and do continue to rest easy David Butler!

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