Monday, June 7, 2021

Shaleen Surtie-Richards' family on her death and legacy of love: She not only lived in our hearts but in the hearts of this great nation.

by Thinus Ferreira

The family of Shaleen Surtie-Richards whose shocking death at 66 on Monday morning stunned South Africa’s TV and film industry and everyone who watched and loved her characters she portrayed on stage, TV and in the movies, said that the beloved actress who was their aunt, sister, cousin and niece lived not just in their hearts but in the hears of all South Africans.

Shaleen Surtie-Richards, known for iconic roles like Nenna in Egoli on M-Net (DStv 101) and Fiela Komoetie in the film Fiela se Kind, passed away in a guest house in Cape Town where she was staying while filming for her role in kykNET’s Arendsvlei telenovela.

She was supposed to go to get her Covid-19 vaccine on Monday but when her family arrived they found her dead. The cause of her death has not been established but her family says she did not take her own life.

“Today, the Surtie family has to confirm with great sadness and utter shock the passing of Shaleen Surtie-Richards,” Alistair Izobell, the family’s spokesperson told TVwithThinus.

“We have lost a sister, an aunt, a cousin and a niece and we are trying to process, to come to terms and to still our broken hearts. We understand that she was not just only in our hearts but in the hearts of this great nation and we thank you for your love and support and respect as we prepare for her final curtain call”.