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Actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards passes on at the age of 66.

Article by: Dumisane Dube

One of South Africa’s most loved actresses, the legendary Shaleen Surtie-Richards has passed on.

It is reported that she passed away in a guest house in Cape Town where she was working on a television show. Details around the cause of death are still unclear.

The 66-year-old actress was born in Upington. She qualified as a kindergarten teacher, working as one in Upington and Cape Town between 1974 and 1984.

Surtie-Richards was best known for her starring roles in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind and as Nenna in the long-running series Egoli: Place of Gold.

She also played recurring roles in popular South African soapies Generations and 7 de Laan.

In 2014, she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Royal Soapie Awards. She was also honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Naledi Theatre Awards in 2015.

Tributes have poured in on social media for the late actress.

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