South African actress Busisiwe Lurayi, popularly known for her lead role in Netflix’s comedy series How To Ruin Christmas, died in her residence on Sunday, according to her management.
Lurayi also played Phumzile in the SABC1 sitcom City Ses’la. The actress passed away suddenly and was pronounced dead by medical personnel.
Her family confirmed in a statement on Monday that the actress was found at her residence on Sunday and declared dead by medical personnel. The reasons for her death are yet to be determined.
Netflix South Africa has eulogised the actress as an “incredible light” in the entertainment industry.
“An incredible light has gone out in the South African entertainment industry. We are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning stage and screen actor Busi Lurayi. We will hold onto the laughs, the beauty and all the moments of joy she brought us,” it said in an Instagram post.
Her partner was businessman Mziwoxolo Qwelane. The couple had some drama looming in 2020 when he claimed Busi stole furniture from his home in Randburg.
After the heartbreaking news of Busi Lurayi’s death was announced, many fans and friends shared paid touching tributes to the great actress.
“RIP: Busi Lurayi. The prolific Stage & Screen actress has passed on,” entertainment commentator and TV host, Kgopolo, wrote on Twitter.
Other credits on the actor’s resume include ITV’s Wild at Heart and NBC’s beloved medical drama ER.
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