South Africa's beloved actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died
- Shalene Surtie-Richards has died aged 66
- Surtie-Richards was a South African icon in TV, film, and theatre
Marlene Le Roux says waking up to the news of her passing is a shock.
You didn't expect it. I know she had diabetes. She had some illness, but she was such a fighter. She was always that person who always stood upMarlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape
She was an iconic figure coming from a teacher's background from the Northern Cape, taking a dream and being one of the first person's of colour to be on the stage of Artscape in Fiela se Kind.Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape
The role made Surtie-Richards famous, but it also paved the way for so many other persons of colour to be on the stage, she adds.
She became a household name being part of Nenna of Egoli.Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape
Le Roux says aside from illness, she along with many artists suffered financially during the Covid-19 lockdown.
At Artscape today we will definitely lower our flag for this iconic woman.Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape