Tributes pour in for dead actor

2012-03-12 07:54
Jinine Botha
Johannesburg – Condolences poured in on Facebook on Sunday for the South African actor, Andrew Thompson, well-known for his role in films like Bakgat and Roepman, as well as in the TV drama Molly & Wors. He committed suicide on Saturday.

Hundreds of people on Sunday left messages for Thompson, 26, and his family on kykNET's Facebook page.

Anja Steyn wrote: "It is so sad. He will leave a void in the entertainment industry. Thinking of his family and friends."


Others also referred to the depression, which Thompson apparently suffered from.

Alida Müller wrote: "It is terrible to have depression and Andrew had been struggling with it for a long time. He must have been in a very, very dark place to want to do it (…) you don’t judge people who do it (…) even if it’s wrong. Rest in peace, Andrew."

Police spokesperson Thabo Malatji said Thompson's body was found on Saturday afternoon by his girlfriend at his flat in Randburg.He had hanged himself.

"No letter was found with his body and a post-mortem has been held," said Malatji.

'Wasn't about fame'

Lizz Meiring, who played Molly in Molly & Wors, told reporters on Sunday that Thompson's death was a big loss and shock.

"He was an impeccable artist who was totally professional in his career and in his personal life…"

"He was without ego – for him it wasn't about fame, but about the creation of something creative."

"I tell myself that he is now with all of the big talents (writers, actors, filmmakers). I can only imagine how he and the late Bill Flynn for instance are chatting away now."


Thompson was also known for his role as JP Venter in kykNET's Hart van Staal and he played Fanie (Skêr) Vorster in the film Bakgat!

According to kykNET's website, Thompson was part of the movies Poena is koning and Ordinary Lives, as well as several plays.

He would also be remembered for his role in the movie Vaatjie sien sy gat, as well as a role in the play Samoerai, by Schalk Schoombie.

KykNET spokesperson Haddad Viljoen also expressed his shock at Thompson's death and described it as a loss to the entertainment industry.

Viljoen said he didn't know that Thompson was suffering from depression.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.



  • trix.duvenage - 2012-03-12 08:55

    Shame ....maar dit kon erger gewees het..... Dit kon ek of jy gewees het.

  • Idalette - 2012-03-12 09:25

    Sjoe! wat n skok en groot verlies vir Suid Afrikaanse vermaaklikheids bedryf, voel letterlik of ek n vriend verloor het..... al het ek jou nie persoonlik geken nie..... gaan jou mis! jy laat n groot leemte wat nie sommer gevul kan word nie, daar is net een Theunis na Rooyen :( Idalette

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-12 09:45

    what an insensitive headline! Couldn't you just write his name? Dead actor? Come on!

  • Jason - 2012-03-12 13:09

    So how bad do things have to get for you to end your life? It sad it got to this point but it seems to be the easy way out. We may never know why he did it but even if life gets that bad, do u have to take these sorts of measures to deal with it.

      anne.erasmus - 2012-03-12 13:54

      Suicide is never the easy way out! By the time a person suffering from depression gets to where they are feeling suicidal, they are no longer thinking like a 'normal' person - for them the ONLY option left is to take their own lives. Try pricking yourself with a pin on purpose - now imagine how 'easy' it must be to kill yourself. How ignorant and insensitive can you be?

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-12 15:58

    What a shame, but killing one self is now the answer. Rest in Peace. May God heal the grieving families.

      Adil Smit - 2012-03-12 22:33

      Depression is an illness. It needs medical treatment. Sometimes surprised by the lack of compassion,level of ignorance and judgemental comments.

  • Danika Stander - 2012-03-14 09:20

    Ek gaan hom bja mis vir my n erg skok ek ek self my pa laasjaar aan selfmoord verloor hy het ook aan depresie gely. Dis soos enige ander siekte en dis hoe erg dit raak ek huil al hele week en my gebede gaan aan al sy familie en vriende ,sy meisie * ek was mal oor hm en was my droom om saam hm eendag te werk... Ek gaan ook voklgende jAar drama doen so dis n verlieS vmy hy was n legend en sal altyd omdou word al het ek hom nie geken nie dis verskriklik hartseer voel asof ek n vriend veloor het ons is bja dieselfde doel darm voltooi hy great movies gemaak en mense geinspireer .RIP my Kwagga !!!<3 ek weet somer hy geniet hom gate uit by LiEwe Jesus en is weg van sy leiding... Dit leer ons een ding mense dink altyd dat mense wat altyd so gelukkig lyk nie probleme het nie dis hule wat die meeste het... Andrew ook agtergelos om altyd. Nederig te wees en jou droom uit te beeld... Wees ook altyd daar vir mekaar*mis jou kwagga sien jou eendag weer.

  • justine.underhay - 2012-06-22 00:21

    Ag ja ...nou is daar n handjie voll excellent,greatly Talented, Artist in Heaven lekker movies maak daar bo saam my mamma! Very sad :( I know that pit and so does my dad. I know its hard now every one has somethin to say (bad/good)! My innige Simpatie vir die fam

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