Former eGoli actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards (Nenna) has died: #RIPShaleenSurtieRichards. Media has learnt of the passing of legendary TV, film and theatre actor, Shaleen Surtie-Richards.
She was well known for her role as Nenna on long-running soapie eGoli as well as for playing Fiela Komoetie in the 1988 film adaptation of the Afrikaans novel Fiela se kind.
Born in Upington on 7 May 1955, she passed away at the age of 66 at her Johannesburg home.
Veteran film and theatre actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died, aged 66.
At the time of publishing, her cause of death had not yet been revealed.
Surtie-Richards was born in Upington on 7 May 1955, and went on to become a teacher in the 70s and 80s, before pivoting to a career in the entertainment industry in 1984.
To date, she is most famous for her roles in soapies such as Generations, where she played ‘Mattie’, and eGoli, where she played ‘Nenna’.
Her most popular role, however, was in the 1988 feature film Fiela se Kind (Fiela’s Child).
Over the span of her career, she won countless awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Royalty Soapie Awards.
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Upon finding out that Shaleen Surtie-Richards had died, many of her fellow actors and a number of fans took to social media to react to news of her passing.
BREAKING NEWS: EWN has learnt of the passing of legendary TV, film and theatre actor, Shaleen Surtie Richards. pic.twitter.com/xezJSpIvKb
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) June 7, 2021