South African actor, producer and co-founder of Ferguson Films, Shona Ferguson, has died. He was 47.
Conrad Mwanza, a representative from the Ferguson Foundation confirmed the news to News24 yesterday.
Shona who was Connie Ferguson’s husband passed away at the Milpark Private Hospital in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon. The media mogul was admitted there last week after suffering from chest pains. It was later discovered that he had heart problems and he underwent a major heart operation.
“Yes, Mr Ferguson passed away at noon today (yesterday). And all the family is asking for at the moment is just to mourn in private. But it’s very difficult, you can imagine, for Connie and the family,” Mwanza said.
In 2020, Ferguson made his Netflix debut partnering with the streaming service on the six-part series, Kings Of Joburg.
In a statement, Ferguson Films said Ferguson died due to Covid-19 complications.
“Mr Ferguson’s untimely passing was due to Covid-19 related complications and not a heart operation as reported in the media,” Ferguson Films clarified.
“We ask that you give the family time to process the painful loss and respect their space during this time.”
Attempts to solicit comments from Connie drew a blank as her phone, understandably just rang unanswered.
Earlier this week, Sunday World reported that Shona was on a ventilator in ICU and his condition had recently worsened. According to a source, a group of specialists had performed a heart operation. According to another person close to the Fergusons, Shona, who was admitted more than a week ago was in a restricted area accessible only to doctors and only a few select nurses.
Ferguson, born Aaron Arthur Ferguson on 30 April, 1974 married actress Connie in November 2001. They had one daughter, Alicia Angel Ferguson.
Ferguson started his acting career as Ace in the TV series Generations. In April 2006, he started acting in Muvhango as Dr Leabu. In March 2007, he left the Venda soap opera and starred as Itumeleng in The Wild from 2011 to 2013.
He started the production company Ferguson Films with Connie in 2010 and they both starred in the company’s first TV production, Rockville. They also produced iGazi, The Gift, The Throne, The Herd, The Queen, The River and The Imposter. Shona’s other TV appearances include Isidingo: The Need, and Scandal! — SundayWorld/Channel24.