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RIP 1970s and 80s icon Olivia Newton-John died on Monday 8 August after fighting cancer for many years. She was 73.
Comments | 09 Aug 2022 14:02
RIP M-Net to air three-part Reeva Steenkamp docuseries My Name is Reeva, in her birthday month, in Women's Month. Premieres Thursday 25 August at 20h30. Directed by Warren Batchelor of WB Productions, with a script by actor Justin Strydom. Features interviews with Reeva's family and friends and gives in-depth analysis of what happened the night she was killed by Oscar Pistorius. She was born on 19 August 1983.
Comments | 01 Aug 2022 16:55
RIP Former Rhythm City actor Mncedisi Shabangu (Khulekani) died on Sunday morning 24 July. His family announced the news and didn't reveal the cause of his death. He was 52.
Comments | 24 Jul 2022 20:08
RIP Busi Lurayi's memorial service will be held at The Market Theatre in Newtown on Tuesday 19 July at 12h00. RIP Busi.
1 Comment | 18 Jul 2022 13:29
RIP City Ses'la, Ses'Top La and How to Ruin Christmas star Busi Lurayi died suddenly at her home on Sunday 10 July. Her agency Eye Media Artists announced the news on Instagram stating that the cause of her death is unknown. They're awaiting the autopsy results. Yet another life lost to the new phenomenon of sudden, unexplained death. RIP Busi. >>
2 Comments | 11 Jul 2022 16:22
RIP Acting veteran and former Isidingo and Rhythm City star Jamie Bartlett has died. A close family member confirmed his death on Monday 23 May, but not the cause. He was 55. RIP David Genaro and Mike O'Reilly. Update on 25 May: Jamie's girlfriend Rosa Onious has released the autopsy results which say Jamie died of cardiac arrest.
2 Comments | 23 May 2022 23:55
RIP kykNET personality and event and wedding specialist Aleit Swanepoel died in his sleep on Sunday 15 May. The news was announced by his event company The Aleit Group and no cause of death was given. He was in his 40s.
2 Comments | 17 May 2022 15:54
RIP Gomora actor Siyabonga Zubane died on Saturday 7 May, allegedly by suicide. Siya portrayed the role of criminal Sdumo since Season 2.
Comments | 07 May 2022 18:03
RIP Getroud met Rugby actor Runaldo Hendricks died on Saturday 30 April in a car accident. Runaldo played the role of Stryders rugby player Zappa Hendricks for six years. GMR announced the news on Twitter.
1 Comment | 01 May 2022 15:30
RIP TV personality and journalist Kuli Roberts died suddenly on Wednesday night (9 February). The cause of her death hasn't been confirmed. She was 49.
6 Comments | 10 Feb 2022 11:36
RIP TV critic, radio host, producer and TV presenter Terence Pillay died on Wednesday (25 January) at his home in Durban. He'd been undergoing treatment for renal failure.
1 Comment | 26 Jan 2022 10:35
RIP Comedian Bob Saget (Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos) died on Sunday 9 January in yet another mysterious celebrity death. No cause of death has been confirmed. He was touring Florida with a comedy show and hotel security found him in his hotel room on Sunday afternoon. He was 65.
1 Comment | 10 Jan 2022 10:20
RIP Comedy Golden Girl Betty White died on Friday 31 December 2021, at the age of 99, two weeks before her 100th birthday. She would have turned 100 on 17 January 2022. Well done on making it so far Betty!
1 Comment | 31 Dec 2021 22:28
RIP HIV activist, relationships counsellor and TV personality Angie Diale died on Thursday 23 December. According to her family, the cause of her death was pneumonia.
1 Comment | 23 Dec 2021 19:42
RIP Former 7de Laan actress Themsie Times died on Thursday (9 December) at the age of 72. Themsie played gutsy Maria Zibula, who worked for Oubaas and Hilda from 2003 to September 2016, when Themsie left the show. The cause of her death is undisclosed.
2 Comments | 10 Dec 2021 15:14
RIP The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Season 1 star Naledi Willers has died after a two year battle with breast cancer. A statement from her family was posted by former Big Brother Africa contestant O'neal, who was a friend of hers. >>
1 Comment | 09 Dec 2021 10:19
RIP Thapelo Maropefela, who played Kagiso on SABC1's miniseries The Kingdom, died on Sunday (24 October) - the day before his 25th birthday. His sister Kamogelo Maropefela revealed the news on social media. She didn't disclose the cause of his death but said he'd been assaulted by eight security guards.
3 Comments | 27 Oct 2021 09:57
RIP Franz Marx, creator of M-Net's iconic Egoli and SABC's Agter Elke Man, died on Sunday 26 September from Covid. Writer Leon Van Nierop shared the news on Facebook, saying Franz died at 09h45. He was 79.
1 Comment | 26 Sep 2021 19:19
RIP Actress Winnie Ntshaba, creator of The Royalty Soapie Awards, lost her father the day before the ceremony. See comments for her Instagram post about it >>
1 Comment | 20 Sep 2021 12:09
RIP Skeem Saam actor Letlalo Mankabidi has died. He's played one of the Maputla uncles since Season 6 in 2017. The show announced the news on Twitter on Friday 10 September.
1 Comment | 11 Sep 2021 16:13
RIP The Wire and Lovecraft County star Michael K. Williams has died at the age of 54. He was found at his Brooklyn home on Monday (6 September). The cause of his death hasn't been confirmed but according to New York Post, it's a suspected drug overdose. Michael was open about his addiction troubles over the course of his career.
1 Comment | 07 Sep 2021 09:55
RIP Shaleen Surtie-Richards' final scenes on Arendsvlei air from Thursday 26 September for a month. Her character Muriel Foster - Lionel's pushy mother - was last seen in 2019. She returns unexpectedly to get over-involved in her grandson Lee-Roy's wedding to Wesley. Shaleen finished filming her scenes the Friday before she died.
1 Comment | 26 Aug 2021 15:39
RIP Bongani Sibeko, creator of Family Secrets, passed away on Thursday 12 August. According to Times Live, he died at the Sandton Mediclinic after being admitted for a respiratory infection.
Comments | 15 Aug 2021 15:32
RIP Actress Tamara Jozi died on Friday 6 August, of natural causes. Her last role on TV was as Bongi's grandmother in the series premiere of M-Net's Reyka, which aired on 25 July, 2021. She was 64.
1 Comment | 11 Aug 2021 14:44
RIP Shona Ferguson's funeral aired on South Africa's news channels on Wednesday 4 August. See comments for the streamed recording >>
1 Comment | 04 Aug 2021 10:05
RIP Another RIP :(... South African TV writer Christian Blomkamp has also left us. His scriptwriting credits include Isidingo, Isibaya, Omen and Head Writer on Generations. His father Paul confirmed the news on Facebook on Friday 30 July.
1 Comment | 31 Jul 2021 12:22
RIP Yes, it's true beloved fam... Shona Ferguson passed away on Friday 30 July at noon, from Covid-19 related complications. He was 47.
6 Comments | 30 Jul 2021 16:37
RIP Veteran actor Clive Scott, who starred in South Africa's first English drama series The Villagers, died on Wednesday (28 July). His daughter announced the news on Facebook. The cause of his death hasn't been confirmed. He was 84.
1 Comment | 29 Jul 2021 09:51
RIP Sindi Buthelezi, who played Choppa's girlfriend Zinhle on Generations has died. The cause of her death hasn't been confirmed.
1 Comment | 28 Jul 2021 11:08
RIP Prolific actor and former Backstage star David Dukas (7de Laan, Generations, Black Sails, Trackers) died on Tuesday 20 July from heart failure. He was 51.
1 Comment | 21 Jul 2021 17:48
RIP Actor and musician Lieb Bester died on Wednesday 21 July after a battle with Covid. He was best known for his role as Fritz Retief in the kykNET soapie Villa Rosa. His other roles include Muller on Song vir Katryn and Markus on Binnelanders. He was 72.
1 Comment | 21 Jul 2021 11:13
RIP Actor and TV writer Leon Kruger has died. The cause of his death hasn't been confirmed. Leon was known for his role as Brewis in the kykNET comedy-drama Geraldina die Tweede. He was head writer on SABC2's Kniediep in die Warm Water and two seasons of kykNET's Die Byl.
1 Comment | 16 Jul 2021 12:44
RIP Celebrity chef Jenny Morris has lost her husband David to Covid-19. He was 69.
1 Comment | 14 Jul 2021 17:53
RIP Aletta Alberts, head of content and third-party channels at MultiChoice, has died from Covid-19 complications. The news was announced on Tuesday 13 July by TV journalist Thinus Ferreira.
1 Comment | 13 Jul 2021 16:17
RIP Too many RIPs in one day dear reader :(. Skeem Skaam actress Nokuzola Mlengana has died at the age of 59. She's played Sis Ouma since Season 3 in 2014. Skeem Saam announced the news on social media on Monday 12 July.
1 Comment | 12 Jul 2021 17:56
RIP Celebrity chef Lesego Semenya (Top Chef South Africa) died on Monday 12 July from complications related to Covid-19. He was 39. See comments for his heartbreaking final Twitter post >>
1 Comment | 12 Jul 2021 15:02
RIP Former SABC chairperson Ben Ngubane died in the early of Monday morning (12 July) after being admitted to hospital for Covid-19.
Comments | 12 Jul 2021 10:01
RIP Musician and actress Saranti Reeders (Getroud met Rugby, Binnelanders, Liriekeraai) died on Saturday morning (3 July) after a battle with Covid. Her friend Amanda Strydom confirmed her cause of death in a Facebook post.
1 Comment | 03 Jul 2021 19:31
RIP Former Muvhango and Generations star Mutodi Neshehe died on Thursday 1 July at 19h10 after a battle with Covid. His ex-wife Leslee Dalton announced the news on Facebook. He was 46.
1 Comment | 01 Jul 2021 22:50
RIP Luzuko Nteleko, known for his roles on Zone 14, Muvhango and Mfolozi Street, died on Monday (21 June) after battling brain cancer since 2019. He was 37.
2 Comments | 22 Jun 2021 12:15
RIP A video of Shaleen Surtie-Richard's funeral on Sunday>>
1 Comment | 14 Jun 2021 10:47
RIP Legendary actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards (Egoli) has died. Her agent Elysian Management announced the news on Facebook on Monday morning (7 June), stating they'll confirm further details as they become available. She was 66.
2 Comments | 07 Jun 2021 11:15
RIP TV chef, author and former model Sonia Cabano (Pampoen Tot Perlemoen) was found dead at her home on Monday 31 May. Her brother Meyer de Waal confirmed the news to Netwerk24. The cause of death is unconfirmed. She leaves behind two children: Guillaume (21) and Sabah (19). She was 57.
1 Comment | 01 Jun 2021 13:22
RIP Veteran actor and musician Macdonald Mathunjwa (Khululeka, Home Affairs) died in the early hours of Tuesday 1 June as a result of COVID-19 complications. His daughter Zanoxolo Mathunjwa announced his death on Twitter. He was 72.
2 Comments | 01 Jun 2021 12:31
RIP Veteran South African actor David Butler has succumbed to his battle with lung cancer at the age of 61. View the comments for a link to his huge body of work in television.
2 Comments | 27 May 2021 12:56
RIP Ben Kruger, best known for his role as Oom Okkie in Binnelanders, has died at the age of 64 from complications relating to COVID-19. He was also known for roles in Zero Tolerance and 7de Laan.
2 Comments | 26 May 2021 10:58
RIP Tsha Tsha star Noxolo "Noxee" Maqashalala has died. According to reports, forensics suspect she was deceased almost a week after her body was found in her Honeydew home.
1 Comment | 14 Mar 2021 00:53
RIP Legendary actor Menzi Ngubane died on Saturday (13 March) after a long battle with kidney failure and diabetes. According to his family, he died of a stroke at home. He was 56.
Comments | 14 Mar 2021 00:45
RIP Karima Brown, host of The Fix on eNCA, has died of COVID. eNCA announced the news on Thursday (4 March) morning.
Comments | 04 Mar 2021 09:59
RIP Former Arendsvlei actor Ceagan Arendse, who played Woelag on Seasons 1 and 2, died on Sunday 14 February. According to his family, he battled with depression and committed suicide.
Comments | 16 Feb 2021 10:56

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