Local actress Lindiwe Ndlovu passed away at her home on Monday, her management company has confirmed. Ndlovu, who was just 44 years old, was well known for her role in 2011 film ’Winnie Mandela’.
Although no cause of death was given, Gaenor Artist Management shared the shocking news in a press release.
“Her bright, large burning light has gone out are we are devastated to bring you this sad news,” the statement said. “It is with heavy hearts and unimaginable sadness that we bring you the news of Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu, passing away in her home this morning, the 11th of January.
“Her bright, large, shining light has gone out and we are devastated to bring you this sad news. To us, Lindiwe was family but to many she was so much more. An incredible actress who will leave a huge space in the creative world of acting. Her incredible passion, deep respect for her craft and her unrivalled commitment to her career evident in every project she took on.”
The company explained that Ndlovu’s career has been long and full of industry accolades and performances and that her greatest achievement was receiving her SAFTA award, which was presented to her by the incredible American actor, Samuel L Jackson, they explained that she received for Best Actress in a Feature Film. Gaenor added that Lindiwe’s love for the stage is reflected in the many productions she had given her heart and soul to and that a large number of them were performed at the Market, where she had performed at numerous times and even completed her studies there.
“From a TV and film production aspect, there are too many of her roles to mention, each of them giving herself into the character and process heart and soul. What we will remember most is her love and unwavering dedication to her friends and family. She had a larger-than-life presence that was undeniably infectious to those who loved her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends of which she had many. Lindiwe was part of the fabric of Gaenor Artist Management and things will just not be the same without her,” Gaenor said in a statement.
With a film career spanning decade, Ndlovu’s greatest achievement was receiving a SAFTA Award for best actress in a feature film for 2013 film ’Little One’ which was presented to her by US actor Samuel L Jackson.
In the film, Ndlovu played the character of Pauline, a woman who finds a six-year-old child brutally raped, beaten and left for dead in an open veld.
The shocking news comes as just a few weeks prior Ndlovu was announced to be joining the cast of local telenovela ’Isono’ on BET Africa.
The award-winning actress was to take on the role of Francinah, Msizi’s sister — who arrives with her two children, Tryphosa and Dombolo, bringing trouble for Milly and Lilly. Her other film accolades include TV series ’Ifalakhe’ and 2013 movie ’Safari.’