The South African Arts Industry has been met with another loss, as Dr.Sam Philips was announced dead this afternoon.
The public was informed of the tragic news of his passing through a tweet by Kgopolo Mphela.
RIP: Sam Phillips— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 16, 2021
Veteran stage and screen actor Sam Phillips has reportedly passed away.
Mr Phillips was also an accomplished music composer.
He can currently be seen, as Samuel, on Kings Of Joburg on Netflix
He was 72 years old. #RIPSamPhillips pic.twitter.com/MN7sbAtlMr
Dr. Philips had spent close to three weeks in hospital before he passed away. The news of his passing was confirmed by his agency Gaenor Artiste Management.
It is understood that the doctor passed on in the early hours of this morning, from reason yet to be confirmed by his family.
Our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the veteran actor, writer and director Dr Sam Phillips.— TV Mzansi (@TvMzansi) January 16, 2021
The award-winning actor Ntate Sam Phillips has passed away. We will remember him for his contribution to the arts industry in Mzansi. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/IE4kLsFjbf
He will be remembered for his great works with the South African music and film industry. Dr.Philips graced South African screens for many years, with many in the industry referring to him as their role model and inspiration as they grew up watching him on their screens.
May Dr Sam's soul rest in peace. His role in teaching Citizens about HIV in PHAMOKATE television drama will always be cherished. Rest in peace Dr— Restance (@restshishonga) January 16, 2021
The doctor recently appeared on a body of work, on the popular television series “The Queen Mzansi”, playing the role of Harriet Khoza’s father. He was a veteran actor, producer and music composer, with a television career spanning over 40 years.
Dr. Philips was currently working on a role as Samuel Senior on the new television series; Kings of Joburg.
His agency said in a statement that he will be remembered as a revered actor, director, producer, writer, and music composer who featured in well-known productions including Phamokate, Backstage, Soul City, The Wild, and Isibaya.
When black television was introduced in 1981, he was one of the stage actors who ventured into television acting. More than forty years later, Phillips’ vast experience have garnered him varied skills as a director, writer, producer and composer which he has put to good use in a number of significant productions both at home and abroad.Sam Mathe – IOL
Dr Phillips was best known for his role as Odwa on the eighth season of the SABC1 drama series Soul City, which premiered in the year in 2007.
RIP Dr Sam Phillips pic.twitter.com/KhuE99TVoD— Mohlanka wa Morena (@_DJCappuccino) January 16, 2021
The news of his passing comes just a few days after the announcement of the loss of another talented South African Actor, Lindiwe Ndlovu who passed away in her sleep at the age of 45.