Neighbours, colleagues, friends, and family came in numbers to pay their respects to Patrick Shai

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Veteran actor Patrick Shai passed away on Saturday morning.
Veteran actor Patrick Shai passed away on Saturday morning.
Frennie Shivambu

His home in Mmesi Park, Dobsonville is a hive of activity. Tents have already been erected and the family is preparing for the funeral. 

But it's only neighours, colleagues, friends and family that they are allowing in at the present moment.

Veteran actor Patrick Shai's death has shocked fans, friends and family members as well as his industry colleagues. 

Some of the celebrities who worked with him went to his house to pay tribute to his family, including actors Muzi Mthabela and Mduduzi Mabaso. 

The former Skeem Sam actor, who recently started playing Phasha on The River, allegedly killed himself. 

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Meanwhile, celebrities continued to pay tribute to Patrick. Fellow actor Seputla Sebogodi, who worked with him on The River, thanked Patrick for his wisdom and drive.  

“We’ve lost a giant in the industry. One of the best. I'd like to thank you for the wisdom and drive. REST IN PEACE ‘Jitta’.”

Actress Bohlale Sishaba,who worked with the late legend wrote, a lengthy message about her experience with Patrick Shai. They worked together in SABC 2’s sitcom, Moferefere Lenyalong.

“About +/- 10 years ago I did my last TV gig on a show called Moferefere Lenyalong. Ntate Patrick Shai was one of the leads. Such a cool guy. Even though all I had was a cameo role and minimal experience, he treated me with so much respect and care. He told me about his story first hand and the changes one has to make to own up to your flaws. We may have not kept in constant contact but in the moments we did you dropped gems. I wish you could’ve reached out and found someone to help you so that you could continue helping others.”

Former Craz-e presenter and actor, Zola Hashatsi says he didn’t want to believe the news so he called Patrick to confirm if the news is true. 

“Been calling Bra Patrick Shai the whole morning and I did not wanna believe it until now. Let us be careful of social media and the dangers of it, let’s be aware of our mental health, let’s learn to khulama ndoda.”

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Entangled actress Didie Makobane also shared a beautiful message in remembrance of the veteran actor: “My good sir! What an honour and privilege it was to share time and space with you! One of South Africa’s first icons to grace our television sets! The original Nkosheng! Ntate Patrick, words fail me. On this day I can only thank you and bid you farewell, but you? You? You know the light you brought into mine and mother’s life in a single conversation. For that, I will remain forever grateful! Rest in Power! Your presence when you step into any room will forever be remembered!”

Generation The Legacy actress, Manaka Ranaka expressed how disappointed she was for not reaching out to Bra Patrick. “I’ve been numb since yesterday morning after hearing of your passing. Utterly shocked and more disappointed in US for not reaching out. My gosh we still needed you. Wish we were there for you in your time of need papa. Rest in eternal peace Ta Pat.”

Meanwhile, Parliament paid tribute to the actor, calling him a change-maker.

“Shai was not just an artist; he was a legend, an inspiring figure beyond the arts fraternity, a changemaker, an exemplary leader and a true activist and advocate against gender-based violence”, National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Province’s Amos Masondo said.

“We are gutted and bitterly saddened by the loss of such a titanic and incomparable talent, an outstanding human being with a humble personality,” said the Presiding Officers.

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