Face­book post re­ports death of for­mer Back­stage ac­tor Sibu­siso Radebe

The Citizen (KZN) - - City -

Sibu­siso Radebe, pic­tured, was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 2018 and spent 2019 un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy.

The multi-award win­ning ac­tor, dancer, vo­cal­ist and for­mer star of the pop­u­lar e.tv drama Back­stage has re­port­edly died at the age of 37.

The news was con­veyed via a Face­book friend of his, prompt­ing nu­mer­ous ac­quain­tances to take to so­cial me­dia to share their shock and dis­may at the news.

“It is with our deep­est sor­row that we in­form you of the death of our beloved Sibu­siso Radebe ...” was posted by Claudia Kurhula Maluleke on Thurs­day.

While the fam­ily is yet to re­lease a state­ment about his death, many have gone on to spec­u­late that the cause of his death may have been re­lated to his can­cer di­ag­no­sis which he posted about in De­cem­ber last year.

Ac­cord­ing to Radebe’s Face­book post, dated De­cem­ber 23, 2019, he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in late 2018 and be­gan chemo­ther­apy in 2019.

He de­scribed the process of un­der­go­ing chemo as “the clos­est to hell I will ever ex­pe­ri­ence”, be­fore re­flect­ing on his choice to fight through the di­ag­no­sis and choose life. Talk­ing about the com­ments of one of the posts by Radebe’s friends, a fam­ily mem­ber by the name of Phila Vi­lakazi said the fam­ily has not granted any­one per­mis­sion to pub­lish any­thing on so­cial me­dia. “Please re­frain from do­ing this. Please re­spect our pri­vacy dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time. We will of­fi­cially make a state­ment a lit­tle later,” said Vi­lakazi. Al­though Radebe be­gan his pro­fes­sional TV ca­reer at the age of 12 in the teen mag­a­zine show X-At­ti­tude, he is best known for his role as Vuzi on the e.tv soapie Back­stage, which he starred in be­tween 1999-2004.

He went on to star in pro­duc­tions such as Mzansi, Stokvel, Home Af­fairs, Mtun­zini.com and City Ses’la. – Cit­i­zen re­porter

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