“We are deeply saddened to notify you of the passing of our beloved Busisiwe Lurayi. Busisiwe passed away suddenly and was pronounced dead at her residence on Sunday [July 10, 2022] by medical personnel. The reason for her death is still unknown as we await the results of the autopsy report,” the agency’s statement read.
Netflix SA also shared a moving tribute announcing Lurayi’s passing.
The streamer tweeted: “An incredible light has gone out in the South African entertainment industry. We are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning stage & screen actor Busi Lurayi. We will hold onto the laughs, the beauty & the moments of joy she brought us. #RIPBusiLurayi.”
Before Lurayi’s tragic passing, Netflix had announced that season three of the hit comedy series How to Ruin Christmas: The Baby Shower, was in post-production in time for its end of the year debut.
On the 2020 show, the actress starred in the lead role as Tumi Sello, a prodigal daughter who makes a u-turn and visits her family for her sister’s wedding after years of being away. Her return sparks a number of chaotic events which nearly ruins the family wedding.
In addition to her Netflix original feature, Lurayi has starred in a number of notable roles including South African sitcom City Ses’la.