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SA actress Shoki Mokgapa's cause of death confirmed

2018-09-27 14:18

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Shoki Mokgapa (Photo: Supplied/MLASA)

BE ADVISED: This article contains mention of suicide, anxiety and depression.

Johannesburg - Releasing a formal statement regarding the death of actress Shoki Mokgapa, MLA, the agency who represented the award-winning actress, said that the star had committed suicide after "a long struggle with clinical depression and anxiety".  

"The South African film and television industry has suffered a loss in the passing local actress, Shoki Mokgapa. After a long struggle with clinical depression and anxiety she took her life on Tuesday 25 September at the age of 34. She was a brave woman who had been seeking help but the disease proved to be stronger than her," the statement reads in part.  

It goes on to say: "Her family and friends are currently together, going through the process of mourning and burial. They celebrate their daughter and appreciate all the love that her fans and peers have extended to them."

A memorial service is planned for Tuesday 2 October 2018.

The young actress graduated from the AFDA film school with a bachelor's degree in live performance, and made her South African TV debut in the SABC3 series The Lab.

She went on to appear in Ashes to Ashes on e.tv, Intersexions, Swartwater, Those Who Can't on SABC2 and the British BBC series, Silent Witness.

The Safta award-winning actress was most recently seen in the American drama series The Looming Tower on Amazon Prime Video.

If you need to talk with a healthcare professional about suicide or anxiety contact the 24 hour Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0800 12 13 14. (Click here for more information)

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