Johannesburg – South African actress, Shaleen Surtie Richards, has passed away according to multiple media reports.
Richards, who was born in Upington on 7 May 1955, passed away at the age of 66 at her Johannesburg home.
The actress was famous for her roles on soapies such as ‘Mattie’ on Generations
& ‘Nenna’ on eGoli.
She received many awards during her long career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Royalty Soapie Awards.
As a child, when a local music school would not admit her because of her colour, her father bought her a piano and hired a teacher. She also took ballet and tennis classes.
Further details about Richards death remain unclear at this stage, however, this article will be updated as more information becomes available.
Tributes poured in on social media for the legendary actress:
Legendary TV, film and theatre actor, Shaleen Surtie Richards has died.
— Kgopolo Mphela ☕️ (@PhilMphela) June 7, 2021
Shaleen Surtie Richards 💔 Rest in Peace 🙏🏽
An absolute Icon ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9NT0Gkydr4
— FJ Mensah (she/her) (@FJ_Mensah) June 7, 2021
Not aunty shaleen surtie Richards 😔😔💔💔💔
— kenwyn Davids (@kenwyntheking) June 7, 2021
The legend that is Shaleen Surtie-Richards is no more. I am so sad. #RIP
— Ruby D (@RubyF1) June 7, 2021
Death where is your sting ? 🥺💔A Queen has died a mother to a nation who had us locked to our TV sets has left us and is no more. Rest in Perfect Peace Legend #ShaleenSurtieRichards. pic.twitter.com/jPBf0eK6RA
— I’m Luan Snyders (@KingSnyders) June 7, 2021
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