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Henry Cele died 'an angry man'

2007-11-05 09:45

Durban - Internationally acclaimed actor Henry "Black Cat" Cele died an angry and a violent man - chained to his hospital bed.

Cele (58), who has been fighting for his life in the ICU of St Augustine's Hospital in Durban, died on Friday afternoon.

Prior to his death sources at the hospital had told City Press that Cele, who is renowned for his role as Shaka Zulu in the film Shaka, had been tied to his bed and was always drugged because of his violent behaviour.

He was also kept in an isolated ward - away from other patients.

"Everybody including patients were scared of him as he shouted and used vulgar language. Last week a nursing sister nearly got injured when Cele kicked her in the abdomen causing her to fall to the ground," a source said.

The source added that the incident occurred while the nurse was trying to help him take his medication.

Township

As his career took a nose-dive Cele retreated from his surburban home in Glenmore, South of Durban, and went back to Kwamashu township.

Neighbours said Cele, who was married to Jenny Hollander, had lost a lot of weight and had been coughing excessively.

At the time of his death he had been in hospital for two weeks.

Since he got ill his family had been closing ranks around him.

Not even his friends in the entertainment industry were allowed to visit him in the hospital.

In an exclusive interview with City Press, Cele's widow described him as a passionate and loving husband.

"He always loved to be around people from his township. This is why he preferred to stay in Kwamashu," she said.

Although the couple had been married for 10 years they did not have any children together.

Messages of condolences

Cele had four children from a previous marriage.

Hollander said she was inundated with messages of condolences from overseas.

She said the funeral arrangements had not yet been finalised.

Popular playwright Xolani Majozi said Cele's untimely death was a blow since they had just finished shooting a film, Bayede Shaka, which is due to be shown next year.

"We had a long plan to go further with the production, as you know that when people saw Henry Cele they used to associate him with the Shaka Zulu film because of his role in the film.

"His death has dashed all our hopes of doing our production the way we have planned it," he said.

City Press

Comments
  • Malebo Baloyi - 2007-11-05 14:02

    IT IS A SAD MOMENT INDEED AND A LOSS TO THE SOUTH AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND SOUTH AFRICA AS A WHOLE . MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • Christopher - 2007-11-05 14:52

    You slate a man on his dieing days like this... I feel this article is in very very poor taste. He was an icon to South Africa all over the world. I have traveled extensively and met people form all countries and so many of them see Mandela as the face of South Africa but so many too asked if I had ever met Henry Cele as he was the face of the mystery of Africa. His role of Shake made him a moment in time the world would always remember Africa by. His death is that of an icon of Africa

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