It’s a sad day for the South African entertainment industry as industry veteran Mary Twala dies at 80 years old. The actress died on Saturday morning in Netcare Park Lane Hospital according to her son Somizi.

In an emotional tribute shared on social media, the media personality says that “Today’s my late father’s birthday…..and my mom decided to respond to his call to join him in heaven…..THE TREE HAS FALLEN… I’m shattered to the core…..but I’d be very selfish if I dont release her….my mom lived to the fullest….achieved beyond her dreams….its hurts like hell…..I wont lie…..a day without her calling to either say I love u or give me money…….thank u south africa for loving the phenomenal super star that is my mother…….she left us peacefully around 11am at parklane pvt hospital as I was on my way to drop off her gown and a few minutes earlier the dr called to say come shes up and jolly now…..I arrived a few mon late……LALA MA……”

Mary has had an incredible legacy. She had major roles in productions such as Generations, Sarafina, Yizo-Yizo, Muvhango, ‘Hopeville’ and many more.

Naturally, many high-profile personalities have sent their condolences including South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. “We have lost a unique talent and an endearing human being whose performances brought to life the meaning of being South African, and appealed to South Africans of all generations. We will miss her dearly,” the president shared on his Twitter account.

Lady Zamar shared “RIP to a South African actor of note..one of the most vibrant spirits who made herself memorable in her life and all she chose to share with us.. she was a gift to the world” while Lasizwe Dambuza adds “My deepest condolences Somizi! Losing a mother is the worst pain one can ever experience, I know this pain very well! May she rest in power and forever be remembered as an Icon.”

Rest in peace, Mary!

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