South Africa woke up to the devastating news of the passing of local actor Luzuko Nteleko. He was best known for his television roles as Loyiso on the SABC1 drama series “Zone 14”. The news of the 36-year-old actor’s passing was confirmed by his sister Nomsa Nteleko this morning, sending shock waves across the country.
The family of Luzuko Nteleko have issued an official statement confirming that the actor lost his battle with cancer on Monday. In the statement, the Nteleko family also confirmed that the Muvhango actor was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2019.
“We are deeply saddened and hurt by his passing. Luzuko was love personified; he was peace, courage and strength. He fought a good fight until he met his untimely death on June 21,” read the statement.
The family also extended their gratitude to the “medical and spiritual team” that supported the star during his “fight against brain cancer”.
“How do we even begin Ndlovu …Dear God #RIPLuzukoNteleko,” expressed Nteleko.
How do we even begin Ndlovu 🐘…Dear God 💔 #RIPLuzukoNteleko
— Nomsa Liv Nteleko 🥰🌸😍 ✨👑 (@NNteleko) June 22, 2021
Last year, the star expressed his gratitude to God for healing him of brain cancer. This came after Nomsa had shared on social media that Luzuko had been diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer.
“The doctors had given up on the possibility of him waking up from a coma … He spent seven weeks in ICU,” she said.
Social media has been filled with an outpouring of support for the family as fans and industry friends expressed heartfelt condolences to the Nteleko family and paid tribute to the star.
— Thembisa Liyema Nxumalo (@tembisa) June 21, 2021
— Wiseman Mncube (@wiseman_mncube) June 22, 2021
— Relebogile Mabotja (@RelebogileM) June 22, 2021
Haibo waking up with sad news that Luzuko is more 😳 Yho! 😭
— Kanya Ntshongwana (@kanya_kb) June 22, 2021
— Nthabi Tau (@NthabiTau) June 22, 2021
“We’ll meet again, Don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again, Some sunny day.” – Vera Lynn
— Vuyolwethu Ngcukana (@vuyomse) June 22, 2021
Nteleko starred in various TV shows including “Muvhango”, “Streets of Mangaung”, “Mfolozi Street”, “Isidingo”, “Keeping Score”, “Ring of Lies”, “Single Galz”, and “Ambitions”.
Funeral details to be announced.