South African actor and producer Shona Ferguson has died from Covid-19 complications.According to reports, he passed away on Friday, July 30th. He was 47.
Part of his family’s official statement read;
“Mr. Ferguson’s untimely passing was due to COVID-19 related complications, and not a heart operation as reported in the media. ” it read.
“We ask that you give the family time to process this painful loss, and respect their space during this time.”
Born Aaron Arthur Ferguson, the actor and producer featured in South African fan favourite shows “Muvhango’, ‘Isidingo’ and ‘The Queen’.
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In 2020, he made his Netflix debut when he partnered with the streaming giants to produce his series “Kings of Jo’Burg” which he also featured in. The film opened with impressive streaming numbers and high reviews from viewers who were taken with his character; 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.”
American actor Terri J. Vaughn, who played Simon’s (Shona) wife, Robin, in the series in a tribute wrote: “My heart is crushed by the passing of this amazing King! I was blessed to get to spend time with Shona and his amazingly gifted wife Connie in South Africa. It was an honor to spend time with them, work with them, bond with them.”
He married actress and filmmaker Connie Ferguson in 2001 and they shared a child together.
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