Shaleen Surtie-Richards finished her last scenes in "good spirits"

Shaleen Surtie-Richards finished her last scenes in "good spirits"

Icon Shaleen Surtie-Richards' final 'Arendsvlei' episodes will air from September.

Shaleen Surtie-Richards
Supplied/ Arendsvlei/ Tarryn Joseph

The iconic actress, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, unexpectedly died during her sleep on Monday while in Cape Town. 

Surtie-Richards finished filming her last scenes as the retired nurse 'Muriel Foster' in 'Arendsvlei' last week Thursday. 

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Surtie-Richards first made her appearance in the kykNET telenovela in 2019 as the mother of 'Lionel Foster', played by Jody Abrahams. 

"Shaleen has completed filming her part as 'Muriel Foster' with us on Thursday in good spirits," Tarryn Josephs, 'Arendsvlei' publicist told Jacaranda FM. 

"Shaleen tackled her role as 'Muriel' with the same enthusiasm, generosity, and talent that she has tackled all of her roles."

Despite her status as a legend in the South African television, theatre, and film industry, the actress died without being able to afford private hospital treatment. 

Fellow actor and friend Lizz Meiring said the COVID-19 pandemic forced Surtie-Richards to cancel her medical aid.

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“Millions of South Africans had to let go of their medical funds during the COVID-19 pandemic and Shaleen was also affected. She was a professional, so she was in Cape Town, and our mutual friend took her to the hospital as she was ill. The doctor wanted to book her into the hospital immediately but she couldn’t get help because she had no money."

Surtie-Richards is only one of a long list of prominent South Africans to die without much money to their name.

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Meiring believes the situation could have been avoided if the amendment of the Performers Protection Amendment Bill was signed into law. “She passed away like many other people in the industry with a traumatised budget. She suffered from financial difficulties because even today the Performers Protection Amendment Bill is not amended."

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Image Credit: Supplied/ Arendsvlei/ Tarryn Josephs

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