Photo by: Eye Media Artists’ official Instagram account
Busisiwe Lurayi, a South African actress who starred in the Netflix comedy How to Ruin Christmas, has passed away. She was 36-year-old.
In a statement posted on the official Instagram account of her Johannesburg-based talent agency, Eye Media Artists, Lurayi’s family revealed that she died “suddenly.”
“We are deeply saddened to notify you of the passing of our beloved Busisiwe Lurayi,” the Instagram post stated. “Busisiwe passed away suddenly and was pronounced dead at her residence on Sunday [July 10, 2022] by medical personnel.”
The autopsy report results are still being processed, so the cause of death is now unknown.
“We humbly request that you allow us as the family to come to terms with this tragic news. We thank-you for the support that has been given so far and will provide further information as soon as it has been made available,” the statement closed.
Season 3 of How to Ruin Christmas was in the works when Netflix South Africa posted it on Instagram in June 2022. The show’s first season debuted in 2020, and season two followed in December of 2021.
The character of Tumi Sello, a “prodigal daughter,” was played by Lurayi on the Netflix series How to Ruin Christmas.
The character Tumi Sello returns home for the holidays and tries to sabotage her sister’s wedding plans. Deciding that she must make things right, she tries to fix things before it is too late.
Before receiving the same prize in 2011, she won the SAFTA () Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy for her work in City Ses’la in 2006.
In 2021, she won the SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for playing the part.
The actress was also notably featured in the South African drama “Wild at Heart,” the sitcoms “City Ses’la” and “Ses’Top La,” and other projects.
She additionally had a cameo on an “ER” episode from 2006.
According to Deadline, she is survived by her daughter.
Our condolences go out to Lurayi’s family and loved ones at this time.