Cape Town – The South African arts and entertainment industry was left in shock on Friday following news that actor and producer, Shona Ferguson has died.
Ferguson, 47, died at Milpark hospital on Friday afternoon.
In a statement released on behalf of the Ferguson Foundation, the family spokesperson Thato Mataka, said Ferguson died from Covid-19 related complications.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Mr. Shona Ferguson He passed away at noon today (Friday, 30 July 2021). Mr. Ferguson’s untimely passing was due to Covid-19 related complications, and not a heart operation as reported in the media,” the statement said.
— Mr Smeg (@MichaelBucwa) July 30, 2021
The family asked for privacy as they “process the painful loss”.
“We ask that you give the family time to process this painful loss, and respect their space during this time. More details will be shared in due course.”
According to Channel24, Ferguson was born Aaron Arthur Ferguson on April 30, 1974.
He was known for various TV roles including starring in Muvhango as Dr Leabu. In March 2007, he left the Venda soap opera and starred as Itumeleng in The Wild from 2011 to 2013.
Ferguson and his wife Connie Ferguson also launched Ferguson Films in 2010 and brought productions such as The Queen, Rockville, iGazi, The Throne, The Herd, and Kings of Jo’burg, to name a few, Drum reported.
They also ran The Ferguson Foundation, dedicated to empowering and supporting disadvantaged individuals in business, education, film, and ultimately building industry leaders, the report said.
Meanwhile, messages of condolences continued to pour in on social media
This is really heartbreaking news. May his soul Rest In Peace.
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) July 30, 2021
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of television producer and actor, Shona Ferguson.
— Scandal! (@etvScandal) July 30, 2021
— JabulaniMacdonald⚡ (@Jabu_Macdonald) July 30, 2021
RIP Bhuti Shona . My condolences to your beloved wife &family. What a painful loss but to be absent in the flesh is to be present in the Lord ❤️🙏🏾 phumla ngoku Bhuti #RIPShonaFerguson pic.twitter.com/WoqJgXLkJw
— Bhut’ Masasa (@MsMasasa) July 30, 2021
— Dr Zickie👑🏳️🌈 (@MakaLino_S) July 30, 2021
— Jeany wa le Chiefs ❤✌🏾 (@JeanyMotlokoa) July 30, 2021
The loss of great industry contributor is something that we can never get used to.
— Actor Spaces (@actorspaces) July 30, 2021
— Fana L. Mokoena (@fanamokoena) July 30, 2021
Compiled by Betha Madhomu