This year, it seems, is still just bringing one heartache after the other. South Africans were devastated to hear of the passing of actor Menzi Ngubane, who found fame in Generations.
“It is with great sadness that the Ngubane family announces the passing of its son, acclaimed actor Menzi Ngubane who passed away earlier today,” his family said in a statement. The 56 year old award-winning actor passed away due to stroke at home.
Menzi and his wife, Sikelelwa, have two daughters and the family are heartbroken.
Menzi’s battles with his health have been well-known over the years. “Over the past ten years, the Ladysmith born actor spent much of his time in trying to demystify issues relating to kidney disease and sugar diabetes while promoting positive lifestyle changes needed to cope with the diseases,” the spokesperson adds.
“Between 2010 and 2015, Ngubane’ s numerous struggles with kidney failure resulted in him being placed in a kidney recipients list and ultimately received a donor ensuring he continued and sustained his acting career until recently.”
His death is a huge loss to the entertainment industry – Menzi has played many memorable roles but will always be best known as Ngamla. His last big role was as Judas in Isibaya.
He was due to star in Mzansi Magic soapie The Queen but delayed it as a result of his health.
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"As a family we wish to thank everyone for their continued and sustained support and the prayers for our beloved son whose battle with kidney failure & sugar diabetes had become an open secret over the years.
"We wish to mourn the passing of our beloved son in private and will communicate the funeral and other arrangements in due course," the family spokesperson says.