UPDATE: Tributes pour in for veteran actor Elize Cawood

Elize Cawood
Elize Cawood
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  • Tributes have poured in for veteran actor Elize Cawood.
  • According to a statement from the family, Elize died on Saturday morning after battling lung cancer.
  • John Kani, the South African Guild of Actors, and fans of Elize all paid tribute on Twitter.


Tributes have poured in for legendary South African actor Elize Cawood.

Elize died on Saturday morning at the age of 68. A statement released on behalf of her family revealed the actor was diagnosed with lung cancer in September.

"I pay a special tribute to one of South Africa's great stage and film actor Elize Cawood who passed away this morning..Deepest condolences to the Dunster Family. RIP Elize. The Market Theatre salutes you. Elder [sic]," John Kani wrote on Twitter.

"It is with great sadness that @SAGActors offers a farewell tribute in honour of #ElizeCawood. Celebrated SAGA member & veteran of stage, TV & film, Elize will live on in our hearts & memories. Our deepest sympathies to her family & friends for their loss," a tweet from the South African Guild of Actors chairman's account reads. 

Several others also remembered Elize on the social media platform.

Elize's career spanned over four decades, starting in 1974. She took on numerous stage and TV roles, including that of Pop le Roux in the 1980s series, Verspeelde Lente.

She also took home awards like the Vita Award, Scenaria Award and Artes Award.


Veteran South African actor Elize Cawood has died 

A statement by the star's daughter, Jenna, revealed that the actor was diagnosed with lung cancer in September. 

"Elize Dunster (nee Cawood) passed this morning at 09.19. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in September and fought gracefully until the end. She was in no pain when she passed and both me and my father were there with her. Our world will never be the same without her -- but we celebrate the exquisite human being that she was," the statement, posted to Facebook, reads. 

Jenna went on to thank everyone for their support. "We truly appreciate it, but we would like some privacy during this time," she added.

Tributes have started pouring in for the Elize, with actor Grant Swanby writing: "I am so deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of Elize Cawood (Dunster) this morning. My heartfelt condolences to Wilson, Jenna and family. She was extraordinary...ask anyone who ever met her! We truly have lost a gem of a human being today and the world is a lesser place without her in it."

Elize's career spanned four decades, with her taking on roles in Binnelanders, Isidingo and Erfsonders. The actor also had a rose named after her. 

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