South African actor and playwright Winston Ntshona has died at the age of 77.
News of the legendary actor’s death broke on Thursday, with fans and friends paying tribute to the icon on Twitter.
“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of SA’s prolific actors and playwright – Winston Ntshona born 6 October 1941 in Port Elizabeth. Rest in peace fellow thespian and thank you for your contribution to the arts,” a post from the SA State theatre reads.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of one of SA's prolific Actors and Playwright – Winston Ntshona
Born 6 October 1941 in Port Elizabeth. Rest in peace fellow thespian and thank you for your contribution to the arts #RIPWinstonNtshona pic.twitter.com/LdNn9QfqAa
— SA State Theatre (@sastatetheatre) August 2, 2018
Ntshona’s son Lawula confirmed the news of his death to Herald Live, saying; “We are just reeling in shock but we are coming together as a family.” He added that his dad has been ill for several years.
Ntshona is perhaps best known for his roles in Athol Fugard’s The Island as well as Sizwe Banzi is Dead, which he co-wrote. He starred alongside fellow actor John Kani in both productions and in an unusual move, both Kani and Ntshona were co-Tony Award winners for Best Actor for their work.
He also walked away with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting at the 2011 SAFTAS.