JOHANNESBURG - Family members of veteran actor Patrick Shai are trying to process his passing.
They say it was sudden, but his wife of many years remains their pillar of strength.
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Shai passed away on Saturday at his Soweto home.
Parliament's portfolio committee on arts and culture has offered its condolences to the family of Patrick Shai.
In a statement, Chairperson Beauty Dlulane called Shai a legend.
She says his passing is a blow to the fight against women abuse and gender-based violence and that the arts community will be poorer without him.
eNCA's Nqobile Madlala has the story.
MEDIA STATEMENT: MEC Mbali Hlophe mourns the passing of legendary actor Patrick Shai— Gauteng Dept. of Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation (@GautengSACR) January 22, 2022
Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe has learnt with shock and deep sadness of the passing of one of South Africa’s legendary actor Patrick Shai. pic.twitter.com/Hn1eYUnCqE