A town in tears

Ruiter­bosch is fall­ing apart af­ter bury­ing dead Jerome.

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Suidooster fans are still com­ing to terms with friendly waiter Jerome’s (Danny Ross) death on Thurs­day 6 April and it’s clear that he’s left a gap­ing void as his fam­ily and friends strug­gle with their loss. A tough road lies ahead and we’ve vis­ited his near­est and dear­est to find out how Jerome’s loss is go­ing to im­pact them.


The per­son most are wor­ried about is My­moena (Jill Leven­berg), who was left in a coma fol­low­ing the car crash she and Jerome were in on Thurs­day 16 March while they raced to Bianca’s (Si­mone Bis­combe) side as she gave birth. While My­moena’s still in a coma, Jerome ap­peared to only have had a few cuts and bruises, but no one knew the true in­juries and he suf­fered an aneurysm on Thurs­day 30 March and died.

Jerome’s mother Brid­gette (Denise New­man) has taken her son’s death the hard­est and she tries to hide it on Wed­nes­day 12 April when her sis­ter Lee-Ann (Por­tia Joel) reaches out. “In typ­i­cal Brid­gette style, she han­dled it well on the out­side, but on the inside she’s shat­tered and has fallen to pieces. But she wants to show the world her strength,” says Denise.

Jerome’s fam­ily the Oc­to­bers haven’t been brought to­gether by this tragedy though – Jerome’s sis­ter Nicci (Ger­wen Si­mon) isn’t cop­ing well and she tells her par­ents that she needs to get out of town for a break on Thurs­day 13 April. “She needs a fresh start be­cause her life’s been hec­tic for the last few months and she’s tak­ing strain,” says Ger­wen.

As for Jerome’s dad Ian (Ab­duragh­maan Adams), he too is bro­ken and is look­ing for some­one to blame for steal­ing his son from him. He lashes out at his doc­tor Siya (Gan­tane Kusch) on Mon­day 17 April and it feels like Ian is about to fall to pieces too.


“When Danny told us last year that he was leav­ing, we knew that there was no way Jerome could bow out with­out some kind of drama,” says Suidooster’s pub­li­cist Wilmer Müller. “Jerome is a cen­tral char­ac­ter and we couldn’t keep him as a ghost in the back­ground, giv­ing fans hope that he’d re­turn one day. Jerome and Danny leav­ing Suidooster leaves a huge hole, but soapies are like real life – peo­ple come and go and we move for­ward with things.”

Jerome’s fam­ily are in pieces. The late Jerome.

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