- Tina Knowles said in an Instagram post that Beyoncé shared with her the "sad news" that Mary Twala died.
- In the post Tina referred to Mary as a "wonderful legend," saying: "May she rest in eternal peace."
- Black is King was Mary's final on-screen performance, following her death on 4 July 2020.
Sharing a tweet from Black is King director, Blitz Bazawule, paying tribute to Mary Twala, Tina Knowles said that Beyoncé shared with her the "sad news" of the iconic South African actor's death.
Mary died at age 80 on 4 July and had an illustrious career in film, TV and theatre, spanning over six decades.
Following the release of Black is King, her son, Somizi said that he was a "super proud son," confirming that Black Is King was the last project his mother worked on before her death.
"Beyonce shared the sad news about this wonderful legend Mary Tesla, who played the elder in the film (Rafiki) that she had passed on. It is very interesting that in the film the poetry says 'the elders are tired' May she REST In Eternal Peace," Tina wrote in an Instagram post.
During Mary's finale performance, a portrayal of Rafiki, Beyoncé says: "To God we belong, to God we return."
Black Is King accompanies the album The Lion King: The Gift, which Beyoncé curated for Disney's remake of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King - and is currently available on DStv Catch Up for a limited time only.
Among the well-known local stars featured are Connie Chiume, Nandi Madida, Nyaniso Dzedze and Warren Masemola.