A formal statement released by the agency who represented the award-winning actress, Shoki Mokgapa, has confirmed that that the star had committed suicide on Tuesday after “a long struggle with clinical depression and anxiety”.
Condolences have been pouring in on social media since the news broke, leaving many questioning how the young talent died.
Mokgapa 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 back in 2008.
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. She also won a SAFTA in 2017 for her performance in the Afrikaans film, SINK.
“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,” Monyeen Lee and Associates (MLA) – Talent Agency.
Shoki Mokgapa’s memorial service is planned for Tuesday 2 October 2018.
“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,” added MLA.
If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or feelings anxiety, contact the 24 hour Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0800 12 13 14. You can also reach SADAG online.
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