The South African entertainment fraternity has suffered another loss following the untimely passing of Gomora actor Siyabonga Zubane.
The young thespian who was at the peak of his career reportedly passed away after committing suicide. Siyabonga is well known for portraying the character of a criminal Sdumo, on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Gomora.
The actor landed his break in Isibaya as Bhungezi before the show was canned. Messages of condolences to his family have started pouring in social media and many have expressed their heartbreak at his passing.
His colleague Leera Mthethwa plays Mrs Jackie Hlongwane on Gomora took to her Twitter account to share how saddened she is following his passing.
Siya’s passing is unbelievably painful. So young. So TALENTED. So gentle. May God accept your soul ntwana. Rest 💔
— Leera Mthethwa (@LeeraMthethwa) May 7, 2022
Gomora has lost another good actor
— S’ne_Gugu (@SneGuguMsimang1) May 7, 2022
Sdumo? Not when I enjoy he’s acting on Gomora. Kanti uLife unjani na guys 😭😭💔 pic.twitter.com/4RAaGe32ZH
— Dr Zickie👑🏳️🌈 (@Zickiie_S) May 7, 2022
We were happy to see u on TV(Gomora)after a difficult journey u had to go through and today we woke up in sad news…Rest in peace My Gee🙏🥺💔
— The Lord Of The Wings @Arsenal Biggest fan 🏐⚾ (@lisa_maliee) May 7, 2022
His family is yet to release a statement.
In an interview with Drum Magazine, he expressed his passion for the arts, saying he studied Performing Arts at Tshwane University of Technology and he majored in dance. He said from a young age, he has always been eager to be a performer.
“I loved the arts from a young age. I went deep and I studied dramatic art in high school before going to university. However, with my love, talent, and gift, I still have to go through the same route as all actors and performers go and I have to audition for every role like it’s my first,” he told the publication.
He said he did not regret his decision because it allowed him to be more versatile.
“My initial plan was to study dramatic arts; but by the time I got to TUT, the faculty could not take any more students. I had to choose any faculty in the Arts campus, that’s how I ended up doing dance studies. But I have absolutely no regrets as it allowed me to be versatile,” he said.
News of his passing comes as the entertainment industry is still reeling following the passing of hip-hop artist Riky Rick who reportedly took his own life in February 2022. The rapper had opened up about his struggle with depression before.
Prior to his death, legendary actor Patrick Shai also passed away after reportedly committing suicide. He was reportedly found dead by his wife in a garage at his home in Dobsonville.
May his soul rest in peace