Tributes to Shaleen Surtie-Richards pour in across SA: 'A beautiful and talented queen'

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  • Actor Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died at the age of 66.
  • According to reports, the actor was found dead in a guest house in Cape Town on Monday. A cause of death has not been made known.
  • Paying tribute to the iconic actor, former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Straus tweeted: "Seeing her face on screen made me believe in the power of my own dreams. She was an icon who will always be the guardian angel of arts for all."

Beloved South African actor Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died. She was 66.

According to reports, the actor was found dead in a guest house in Cape Town on Monday. Actor Lizz Meiring said that Shaleen had been "struggling with her health lately". 

Shaleen was currently in Cape Town to film scenes for the kykNET telenovela, Arendsvlei

From fans to industry peers, tributes to Shaleen flooded social media as news broke of the iconic star's death. 

"Seeing her face on screen made me believe in the power of my own dreams. She was an icon who will always be the guardian angel of arts for all," tweeted former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss.

The beloved actor was known for iconic roles such as Fiela in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind and Ester "Nenna" Willemse in Franx Marx's TV soap Egoli on M-Net (DStv 101).

Most recently, Shaleen was seen in kykNet's Arendsvlei and the Showmax film Swirl

"Thank you for your passion in every role you had, your energy, range as an actor and for always [making] stories come alive on screen," wrote Khanyi Magubane. 

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