How to Ruin Christmas star, Busisiwe Lurayi has passed away.
Busi was pronounced dead on Sunday and the news was confirmed via her agency, Eye Media Artists, on Monday. The agency shared a family statement to Instagram.
“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.”
Currently, the cause of death is unknown and her family is awaiting the autopsy report.
“We humbly request that you allow us as the family to come to terms with this tragic news. We thank you for your support given so far."
Busi is best known for her starring role as Phumzile on the SABC series City Ses'la for 2005 - 2006 and then again in 2010. She also starrred in it’s spin-off show Ses'Top La.
In 2006, she won Best Supporting Actress from the inaugural SA Film and Television Awards for her role as Phumzile.
In 2020, she nabbed the role of much-loved character Tumi Sello on the hit Netflix series How to Ruin Christmas. Season 2 was released in December 2021 while it was announced in June this year that Season 3 is currently in production.
Fans were left reeling at the news, with many heartfelt condolences and tributes pouring for the star:
The SABC is saddened by the untimely passing of the stage & screen actress Busisiwe Lurayi. She will be remembered for her talent and commitment to the craft.— SABC (@SABCPortal) July 11, 2022
Condolences to the Lurayi family, friends and fans.#RIPBusiLurayi
Image: Instagram / busi_lurayi pic.twitter.com/3sem5NSFj7
Rest in peace to Busi Lurayi. An amazing and talented actress she was. Condolences to the Lurayi friends and family. 💔![CDATA]>🙏![CDATA]>🕊️— Nkanyezi (@NkanyeziKubheka) July 11, 2022
She did the most on City Sesla and How to Ruin Christmas . Absolute brilliance. Rest in perfect peace Busi Lurayi . 🕊 pic.twitter.com/8trJ4cS65A— BAWSE (@Ielolizwe) July 11, 2022
I was always rooting for Busi Lurayi. What a brilliant actress. What a shame she will not be able to continue sharing her brilliance with the world. Oh Bawo💔 #RIPBusiLurayi— Beyoncé’s Renaissance🍀☘️ (@nerdymelly) July 11, 2022