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.
“How do we even begin Ndlovu …Dear God #RIPLuzukoNteleko,” expressed Nteleko.
The late actor Luzuko Nteleko’s family has confirmed the cause of the actor’s death, sharing with deep sorrow that the actor succumbed to brain cancer on Monday.
How do we even begin Ndlovu 🐘…Dear God 💔 #RIPLuzukoNteleko
— Nomsa Liv Nteleko 🥰🌸😍 ✨👑 (@NNteleko) June 22, 2021
South African entertainment industry mourns the passing of one of it's own, Luzuko (Sphelo) Nteleko.😭
You fought a great fight Skeem. I will always cherish all the moments I've shared with you. I am proud to have called you my brother. You will be missed a lot#RIPLuzukoNteleko pic.twitter.com/frG4k4Vu8X
— Andile (@Andile_VMak) June 22, 2021
Luzuko died aged 36 on Monday.
In a statement to TshisaLIVE, the actor’s family confirmed that he had died after putting up a “good fight” with stage four brain cancer, which was diagnosed two years ago.
“He fought a good fight until he met his untimely death on June 21,” read the statement.
Luzuko’s loved ones shared their heartbreak, describing the star as “love personified”.
“We are deeply saddened and hurt by his passing. Luzuko was love personified — he was peace, courage and strength. The family will communicate the funeral arrangements in due time. May friends and loved ones be comforted in the fact that his spirit will continue to be with us.
“The Nteleko family is grateful to his medical and spiritual team that supported Zuko tirelessly with his fight against brain cancer.”
Haibo waking up with sad news that Luzuko is more 😳 Yho! 😭
— Kanya Ntshongwana (@kanya_kb) June 22, 2021