Busi Lurayi's co-stars 'shocked and deeply saddened' by actor's death

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Busisiwe Lurayi in How To Ruin Christmas: The Funeral.
Busisiwe Lurayi in How To Ruin Christmas: The Funeral.
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  • Actor Busi Lurayi's sudden death has been described as a 'huge loss.'
  • On Monday her agency confirmed that she died at her home on Sunday.
  • Lurayi's How to Ruin Christmas castmates have paid tribute to her on social media.

The sudden death of How to Ruin Christmas actor Busisiwe Lurayi has been described as a "huge loss" for both the production company and the industry.  

The news of the actor's death was confirmed through a press statement by her agency, Eye Media Artists, on social media on Monday.

"Her passing is a huge loss not only for us but for South Africa’s creative industry and all her fans as a whole," How to Ruin Christmas production company, Burnt Onion Productions says in a press statement.

"All of us on the production of How to Ruin Christmas are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved colleague. She is an exceptional talent who was in the prime of her career."

In another press statement, Netflix said it was "deeply saddened about the tragic news." "We would like to send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones."

Several of her How to Ruin Christmas co-stars have expressed their grief on social media.

Thando Thabethe, who played Lurayi’s on-screen sister shared an animation drawing of their characters on Twitter with the caption: "Oh mam'ncane."

Nambitha Ben-Mazwi wrote on Instagram stories: "Thank you Busi. I'm so glad our last encounter was filled with tears, realness, hugs and most of all love."

Sandile Mahlangu, who played her on-screen brother-in-law wrote "Busi" alongside a heart-broken emoji.

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