MZANSI TV fanatics were shocked when they heard of actor Jamie Bartlett’s death.
But it has now been revealed by his family that he died of cardiac arrest.
His son Hector Bartlett spoke about his dad on eNCA this afternoon. He said he saw how his dad shared himself with the world, “shining light in our lives”.
“I will remember how he lived his life and the joy that he brought to everyone. His passion for life, learning and the world and those in it. He was also passionate about this country.”
He said he was going to miss his dad, who was a great adviser and friend to him.
Hector said during the interview that the family had not yet decided when he would be buried but they promised to share the details soon.
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Speaking to News24, Bartlett’s partner Rosa Onious revealed his cause of death.
“We got the autopsy results, and they said it was cardiac arrest,” she said.
Bartlett died in his sleep on Monday evening.
The emotional Onious said he had taken an afternoon nap, as he usually did when he was not working. She said she tried to wake him up at around 5pm so he could leave to meet up with his boys, but he did not wake up.
“I said Jamie, Jamie, (but) Jamie didn’t look up,” she said. Onious said she tried once again to nudge him to wake him up. “Jamie’s not waking up, he’s not waking up, and I called my mum, who was outside, and she tried everything,” she said, holding back tears.
They then contacted an ambulance service that reportedly arrived within 15 minutes.
“They tried everything to resuscitate him, CPR, everything, but it was too late,” she said.