South African actor, producer and co-founder of Ferguson films, Shona Ferguson has died at age 47 from Covid-19 Complications.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) released a statement to the press on Saturday following the unexpected death of the TV icon, Shona Ferguson. The 47-year-old died from Covid-19 related complications at Milpark hospital on Friday afternoon.
The SABC, reacting to the passing of actor Shona Ferguson released a statement, “The SABC is deeply saddened by the passing of former Muvhango actor Shona Ferguson who played the role of Dr. Leabua on the popular soapie. Mr Ferguson also appeared in Generations and Isidingo,” the statement read.
“The industry has lost a great filmmaker and actor. He has left an indelible mark and his work will remain part of the South African Film and Television’s rich archives and will serve as a great well of knowledge for the aspiring filmmakers and actors”, Merlin Naicker, the group executive of SABC video entertainment, added.
In 2020, Ferguson’s Netflix partnership ‘Kings of Joburg’ premiered on the streaming platform to impressive reviews. The actor who doubled as show creator starred as Simon “Vader” Masire, one of the ruthless Masire brothers controlling Johannesburg’s crime underworld.
Reacting to the actor’s death, Netflix SA shared on Instagram: “We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Shona Fergurson. As a fixture in the entertainment industry and a hero of black stories, he will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Once a King, always a King.”
Shona, who was married to Connie Ferguson, was the co-founder of Ferguson Films, responsible for popular productions like The River, ‘Rockville’, ‘The Queen’ and Netflix’s ‘Kings of Jo’burg.
Messages from fans and industry friends came streaming in on social media, with many expressing their heartache and disbelief.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God rest in peace.