Popular South African actor and filmmaker Shona Ferguson, who died on Friday afternoon, succumbed to COVID-19 related complications, a family spokesman said.
The Botswana-born creator and star of the hit Dstv show, The Queen, died at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Friday, aged 47.
Family Spokesperson Tshwane Malope said contrary to media reports claiming Ferguson recently had a heart operation, the actor’s death was due to COVID-19. Said Malope:
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It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Mr Shona Ferguson. He passed away at noon today (Friday 30 July 2021).
Mr Ferguson’s untimely passing was due to Covid-19 related complications, and not a heart operation as reported in the media.
We ask that you give the family time to process this painful loss, and respect their space during this time. More details will be shared in due course.
Born in Gaborone, Botswana, on 30 April 1974, Ferguson moved to South Africa and took up acting in 1992.
He has featured in more than a dozen TV shows and movies, including the series Generations, Muvhango, The Wild, Isidingo, The Need and Scandal.
He married actress Constance ‘Connie’ Masilo in 2001. Together, they founded Ferguson Films whose first TV production was the soapie, Rockville.
Their most popular production has been The Queen, in which the couple were starring.
In 2020, Ferguson made his Netflix debut, partnering with the streaming service on the six-part series, Kings of Joburg.
The Fergusons have a daughter together, Alicia.