SAFTA award-winning actress Shoki Mokgapa’s cause of death has been confirmed. The news of her death shocked many South Africans on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a statement released by her management agency MLA (Moonyeenn Lee Associates), the actress committed suicide on Tuesday after a long battle with clinical depression.
The statement reads: “The South African film and television industry has suffered a loss in the passing of local actress Shoki Mokgapa.”
“After a long struggle with clinical depression, she took her life on Tuesday 25th of September at the age of 34. She was a brave woman who had been seeking help but the disease proved to be stronger than she was.”
“Her family and friends appreciate all the love extended to them from her peers and fans. The date and time of the funeral is yet to be decided,” – the statement continues.
Shoki’s memorial service will take place on Tuesday, October 2, at the Market Theatre in downtown Johannesburg.
Shoki Mokgapa was best known for her role as Disebo on the e.tv soapie Ashes to Ashes. She made her TV debut in 2018 in the the second season of the SABC3 drama series The Lab. She has also had numerous roles television shows Sokhulu & Partners and Intersexions. She also had a role in BBC drama Silent Witness.
In 2017 she won the South African Film and Television (SAFTA) award for Best Actress in a Feature Film for her role in the feature film Sink
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