Actor and producer Shona Ferguson has died.
Conrad Mwanza, a representative from the Ferguson Foundation confirmed the news to Drum on Friday.
"It's true, he passed on this afternoon. It's not easy and the family is dealing with the news. A statement will be out now," he tells Drum.
In a statement released on behalf of the Ferguson Foundation, the family said he passed away on Friday, 30 July 2021 at noon.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Mr. Shona Ferguson He passed away at noon today (Friday, 30 July 2021). Mr. Ferguson's untimely passing was due to Covid-19 related complications, and not a heart operation as reported in the media," the statement reads.
The family has asked for privacy during this time.
"We ask that you give the family time to process this painful loss, and respect their space during this time. More details will be shared in due course."
Shona was an actor and producer who had appeared in a number of productions, his most memorable as Jerry on The Queen.
Shona Ferguson (47) and wife Connie Ferguson launched Ferguson Films in 2010 and they have brought the country productions such as The Queen, Rockville, iGazi, The Throne, The Herd, and Kings of Jo'burg, to name a few.
They also run The Ferguson Foundation, dedicated to empowering and supporting disadvantaged individuals in business, education, film, and ultimately building industry leaders.
Tributes have already started pouring in after news of his death broke, with many refusing to believe it.
Reports confirming the death of Shona Ferguson, just when I thought today could not get any worse ??— Lindi Sirame (@Lindi_Sirame) July 30, 2021
Legend has fallen. Inja ye game. Consumate professional and businessman, gifted actor.— Israel Makoe Matseke-Zulu GP (@GP_MaOrange) July 30, 2021
Rest well Bra @Shona_Ferguson
Receive my deepest condolences sesi @Connie_Ferguson#ShonaFerguson #RIPShonaFerguson #RIPShona #TheQueenMzansi pic.twitter.com/ZMhfk5Ba70
Connie and Shona have been married for 19 years and have been serving couple goals since walking down the isle in 2001.
They have two children.
But their journey from actors to being directors, producers, and company owners has not been easy.
In one of his last posts, Shona reflected on how far he had come since getting into the industry.
He was told he didn't have the right look or what it took. But he didn't let that stand in his way and he and his wife built one of the biggest production houses in the country.
"A moment of reflection: 17 years ago a Hollywood producer asked me if I had a backup plan. I was obviously shattered because I had just done multiple takes of an audition. He continued to say... “You don’t have what it takes.” An agent told me it wasn’t going to be easy to get me jobs because I didn’t have the right “look”.
"A veteran actor, loved & respected by millions told me I am not memorable & so did lot of producers. Many actors criticized me & made bets I would never make it in this industry. In 2010, I eavesdropped on a couple of fellow actors saying I was overrated & didn’t have real talent. The insults got personal," he said.