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Veteran actress Shalene Surtie-Richards has died

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Veteran South African actress Shalene Surtie-Richards has died at the age of 66.

She died at a guest house in Cape Town. She was in the city shooting scenes for the series Arendsvlei.

The multi-award-winning actress starred in iconic roles, including those in Fiela se kind and Egoli.


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During her lifetime, she won more than 40 awards for her stellar work in the entertainment industry.

Many people across the country have sent their condolences to her family.

Artscape theatre CEO, Marlene le Roux, said that she would be sorely missed.

“It was not just a role, it was the lives of persons of colour. I think that’s why she could make that role an iconic role. Her back character was not just a character, it was Shaleen. That is why for us it is an iconic South African person that we have lost.”