South African actor, Sandy Mokwena, is dead.
According to Timeslive, the Scandal! actor, popularly known as Bra Eddie, died on Wednesday night in a hospital of natural causes. A publicist, Michael Pocock, connected to the actor revealed that he fell ill but “didn’t raise alarms” at the time, and sadly passed on shortly afterwards.
“The Scandal! production and cast are deeply upset because he has been on the show since episode one, which was 13 years. He’s the longest running actor on the show,” said e.tv. in their statement, and Pocock added that the actor’s family are still in shock.
Mokwena was a skilled multilingual actor who reportedly was fluent in five South African languages. He rose to fame for his performances on the theatre stage, had played Cappie the narrator on the play Ipi Tombi that toured the world. He also was featured on TV productions, including Generations, Khululeka, Soul City, Going Up, Yizo Yizo, Justice for All and Zero Tolerance.
See some of the reactions to the news of his death:
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends & colleagues of veteran actor Sandy Mokwena who has sadly passed on. As early as 1972 he embarked on a world tour with the cast of the musical "Ipi Tombi". He later played roles in Scandal, Generations, Soul City & Yizo Yizo pic.twitter.com/xWkadZ9pUr
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 25, 2018
— Azee (@TheRealAzee_RSA) January 25, 2018