By Tamlyn Canham
The sudden passing of actress Noxolo ‘Noxy’ Maqashalala has left her fans in shock.
Noxolo was found dead in her Honeydew home in Johannesburg on Friday.
It is believed she had been dead for a week. She was 44 years old.
“I received a call from her brother informing me of her death. Someone went to drop off something at her place and realised there was something strange,” DispatchLIVE quoted family friend, Senyukele Zibobo, as saying.
No official cause of death has been released but police do not suspect foul play at this time.
Noxolo has starred in local shows such as ‘Rhythm City’, ‘Diamond City’ and ‘Generations’.
Tributes pour in for Noxolo Maqashalala
Noxolo’s fans have described her as a “brilliant” actress who will be sorely missed.
“Such a talented actress who graced our screens for years. May her soul rest in peace,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another fan wrote: “Thank you too Noxolo Maqashalala for your contribution to the arts go and rest easy. Death be not proud.”
RIP Noxolo and Menzi
South Africans learned about Noxolo’s death on the same day actor Menzi Ngubane’s family revealed he had passed away.
The former ‘Generations’ star suffered a stroke on Saturday.
Tributes have been pouring in for both stars.
Noxolo Maqashalala was apparently found in her home after being dead for a week. Such a talented actress who graced our screens for years. May her soul rest in peace.?? #RIPNoxoloMaqashalala pic.twitter.com/ROGNEK6O6g
— Umswapheni (@MduZero11) March 13, 2021
— Dwa Nation ❤️ (@PreshMoloi24) March 13, 2021
A moment to celebrate and give thanks to Menzi Ngubane and Noxolo Maqashalala for their enormous talent and contributions to storytelling over the years. ? pic.twitter.com/EaD51brIWc
— NetflixSA (@NetflixSA) March 14, 2021
More heartbreaking news four our nation as we learn that actor Menzi Ngubane is no more and the same about Noxolo Maqashalala. Heartfelt condolences to their families, friends, colleagues and loved ones. #RIPMenziNgubane #RIPNoxoloMaqashalala ?? pic.twitter.com/RJa3xuNBEC
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) March 13, 2021
Eternal rest grant unto them O'Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may their souls rest in peace ?
Thank you for the entertainment and wonderful memories, ?? sobonana kwelizayo ?
— Xhosa is ? ??™® (@TakaTina1) March 13, 2021