Popular actor and producer Shona Ferguson has died aged 48, the family has confirmed in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Mr Shona Ferguson. He passed away at noon today (Friday, 30 July 2021),” the Ferguson Foundation stated.
Shona Ferguson dies of COVID-19-related complications
“Mr Ferguson’s 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 difficult time,” the statement added.
News24 had earlier cited Conrad Mwanza, a representative of the Ferguson Foundation, who reportedly confirmed the news.
“Yes, Mr Ferguson passed away at noon today. And all the family is asking for is just to mourn in private. But it’s very difficult, you can imagine, for Connie and the family,” Mwanza reportedly said.
According to the publication, Mwanza also confirmed that the actor had succumbed to complications related to COVID-19. He however declined to divulge further details.
Sunday World also quoted an unnamed family source who reportedly said, “I can confirm that he just died. Connie is busy with the funeral arrangements.”
Ferguson had been admitted at the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg for at least a week. Sunday World sources indicated previously that he had complained of chest pains and had been put on a ventilator in ICU.
Ferguson’s illustrious acting and film production career started in South Africa’s preeminent soapie Generations, where he played the role of Ace. He moved to Muvhango in 2006 as Dr Leabu until March 2007
In 2011, he joined The Wild as Itumeleng and played the role until 2013. In the meantime, he and his wife Connie Ferguson started the production company Ferguson Films in 2010.
Ferguson Films is behind popular productions such as The Queen and Rockville, where both have played roles. Last year, it also partnered with Netflix on The Kings of Joburg, which won plaudits among viewers.
The talented actor also appeared on other productions such as Isidingo: The Need and Scandal.