[RIP]: Veteran actor Menzi Ngubane passes away aged 57

South Africa is mourning yet another iconic figure. Veteran actor Menzi Ngubane has passed away at the age of 57.

Menzi’s family confirmed his death in a statement that also detailed that the actor died today at home from a stroke on . Menzi was battling kidney failure and diabetes.

“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,” a family spokesperson said. 

“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.

“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.

“Over the subsequent years, Menzi has spoken openly about his health problems and worked hard in spreading the word about kidney disease,” read the statement.

Menzi will be remembered for his breakout role on Kwakhala Nyonini as “Cijimpi”, also as “Sibusiso Dhlomo” on Generations, “Judas Ngwenya” on Isibaya and quite recently for his role on The Queen.

Menzi has also acted in a number of films including How to Steal 2 Million, which won best picture in 2012 at the African Movie Academy Awards. He also worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in the South African feature film, In My Country, based on the Antjie Krog book, Country of My Skull.

Our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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