The entertainment industry in South Africa has been hit by another tragic suicide as Gomora actor Siyabonga Zubane has died.
At the age of 23, the young actor is reported to have taken his own life. Reports of his death were confirmed by a family member who shared news of Zubane’s tragic passing.
According to the publication, Zubane was struggling with depressing in an industry that brought him many hardships.
He played a car hijacker and thief in the local TV series. His on-screen character did not reflect who the young star was off camera. Described as a sweet and loving, shy-guy who was respectful, his family say the news of his passing is hard to accept.
“He had such big dreams to grow in the industry and was working on making his aspirations a reality.”
Zubane made his debut TV role in 2017, as Bhungezi on Isibaya. He becomes the third South African in the entertainment industry to have died by suicide this year, following the suicides of Patrick Shai and Riky Rick.
Tributes poured in for the Gomora actor on Sunday morning.
Siyabonga "Sdumo" Zubane had all the raw talent at just 23, we gon miss him so much💔 pic.twitter.com/1ZVzsLkoru
— Cream🇿🇦 (@CreamTMaponya) May 7, 2022
We are saddened about the passing of Siyabonga Zubane. His debut TV role in 2017, was Bhungezi on Isibaya. Recently, he was Sdumo on Gomora.
We'd like to extend our condolences to Siyabonga's family. His contribution to the TV industry will be treasured. – Shirley Adonisi, MNet pic.twitter.com/DMEelVDsbx
— Mzansi Magic (@Mzansimagic) May 7, 2022