Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hospitalised actor Nyembezi Kunene, 57, passed away after long battle with diabetes; 'this is the final curtain call, a hero to the end,' says his son.

The veteran actor and director Nyembezi Kunene who appeared in Generations and Emzini Wezinsizwa on SABC1 and Scandal! on e.tv has died after a long illness and battling diabetes. He was 57.

Nyembezi Kunene was hospitalised for a month in his home near Sebokeng and was transferred to Lesedi Hospital in Soweto two days before he died. He leaves behind his wife and four children.

Nyembezi Kunene was best known for his role as Jabulani Dlomo on Generations during the previous decade from 2007 to 2009 in a career that spanned across three decades, recently appearing in Scandal! and Umlilo on e.tv and Ring of Lies as well as Isibaya on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

His son Sonqoba wrote on Facebook: "May his soul Rest In Peace. You fought a great fight, a hero to the end. We will miss you Nyemza. This is the final curtain call, after decades spent entertaining South African audiences".

"You stayed true to your craft till the end. You were a great father and your teachings will live on, not only in your children's lives, but also in the lives of many your work and passion for the performing arts have changed."