Icon in the South African Entertainment industry, Shaleen-Surtie Richards, has passed at the age of 66.
Elysian Management announced the news on Monday morning:
Good Morning All, it is with the deepest regret that we have to inform you that Shaleen Surtie-Richards has passed away. We ask that during this time the family and friends be given an opportunity to process this sad news.
Richards was born in Upington, Northern Cape, on 7 May 1955. She was most famous for her roles such as 'Mattie' on SABC 1 Soapie Generations and 'Nenna' in the M-Net hit series eGoli: Place of Gold.
Shaleen is said to have been found dead in a guesthouse in Cape Town. Reportedly, Richards was struggling with her health with complications involving her lungs.
The cause of her death has not been confirmed yet.
The actress received many awards during her time as one of South Africa's best. She was also a qualified nursery school teacher and taught children before making her debut as an actress.
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, paid tribute to Richards and said:
We will remember her with great fondness for her iconic roles in hit films such as Fiela se Kind, Mama Jack, Treurgrond and Vaselinetjie. Most recently, she starred in the KykNet series, Arendsvlei. She turned every role she touched into an audio-visual masterpiece.
Tributes have come in from all over for the actress.