On Monday evening, 23 May, it was reported that Mzansi’s top actor Jamie Bartlett had died.
The actor, who is famously known for his role as David Genaro on e.tv’s canned show Rhythm City, died at the age of 55.
A close family member confirmed his passing to eNCA news channel.
Jamie also played the role of Mike O’Reilly on SABC3’s canned soapie Isidingo. He was also featured on several local and international films.
Jamie was born to a South African mother and a British father in Maidenhead, England. Due to his love of entertainment, he enrolled with the University of Cape Town, where he studied speech and drama. He made a name for himself in the South African film industry over the years.
Messages of condolences have been pouring in following his passing.
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Actress Kgomotso Christopher wrote: “So surreal…just the other day this pic popped up in my phone’s flashback memories. Fly with the angels, JamieBear, our crazy, effervescent, super-smart friend & colleague.”
Actor and director Sello Maake KaNcube said: “Embedded in you were tons and tons of gold in pure raw talent.”
Mmusi Maimane wrote: “Waking up to the news that the nation has lost a legend.”
He shared that Jamie was a national treasure and South Africa will miss him.
Tumi Sole said: “My condolences to the family, the acting community and to all who had the honour of calling him a friend.”
It has not yet been revealed where he will be buried.