Menzi Ngubane Has Died After Suffering A Stroke
Veteran acclaimed actor Menzi Ngubane has died. The popular actor died on Saturday at home after he suffered a stroke.
He was 56.
The death of the popular actor was confirmed by his family. Part of the statement which was released by the family on Saturday reads,
“Ngubane will be sorely missed by his fans and the industry at large for his professionalism and dedication to the industry. He was a sought-after actor who is respected both locally and internationally.”
“As a family, we wish to thank everyone for their continued and sustained support and the prayers for our beloved son whose battle with kidney failure & sugar diabetes had become an open secret over the years. We wish to mourn the passing of our beloved son in private and will communicate the funeral and other arrangements in due course.”
The statement by the family also highlighted that Ngubane had struggled with chronic kidney problems.
“Over the past ten years, the Ladysmith born actor spent much of his time in trying to demystify issues relating to kidney disease and sugar diabetes while promoting positive lifestyle changes needed to cope with the diseases.
“Between 2010 and 2015, Ngubane’s numerous struggles with kidney failure resulted in him being placed in a kidney recipients list and ultimately received a donor ensuring he continued and sustained his acting career until recently.
“Over the subsequent years, Menzi has spoken openly about his health problems and worked hard in spreading the word about kidney disease,“
The 56-year-old had a long and illustrious career and was well-known for portraying villains with relish. Menzi Ngubane featured on popular television dramas which include Generations, Ashes to Ashes, Gazlam, Gold Diggers, Yizo Yizo and Isibaya, just to name a few. His last prominent role was that of the villainous taxi boss Judas Ngwenya on Mzansi Magic Mzansi Magic telenovela Isibaya.
In 2004, Ngubane worked alongside Samuel L Jackson in the SA feature film In my Country . The film was based on the 1998 non-fiction novel Country Of My Skull.
May his soul rest in peace.
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