Paul Eilers (Photo: Gallo)
Film producer Piet de Jager confirmed the news of Paul's death to radio personality, Margot Luyt on Friday.
Marina told the Sunday newspaper that after she dished up supper at their home in Oudtshoorn, Paul suggested they watch TV, and when he sat down in his chair, his head flopped backwards.
Marina called Paul her "soulmate" and "shadow," describing their relationship as "once-in-a-lifetime."
The couple had been together for 27 years.