Veteran actor Patrick Shai’s colleague, Hlomla Dandala from The River says cancel culture killed the 57-year-old thespian.
Patrick Shai committed suicide on Saturday in his Dobsonville garage.
His family confirmed his passing in a statement sent to the media.
“It is with great sadness to announce the passing of the veteran actor Ntate Patrick Shai. We sincerely ask you to give the family time to process this painful loss. More details will be shared in due course.”
The legendary actor received backlash from his son and Twitter users who were embarrassed by his video in which he challenged Cassper to a boxing match.
The late actor used the words “a son of a b*tch” which did not sit well with Cassper and his fans.
Patrick told Cassper: “I want to meet you on the ring. I want to beat you boy before I die. I want to make sure that I beat you, so on my tombstone they can write that’s the man that beat Caster or Costel, or whatever your sh*t name is, Nyovest. Come, Son of a b*tch.”
The actor’s friends were also chanting “Go-Go Son of a b*tch” in the video.
“Hey wena Nyovest, I want you in the ring. I am here with my whole team and my trainer from the other Mayisela foundation. Boy, you know nothing about fighting. I represent the spirit of the fighting prince and Baby Jake Matlala. Hey boy, one round and you are dead.”
He later apologised in another video statement for the bad joke and for using foul language.
“South Africa, I should have done better as motho o moholo (as an older person). My apologies. I humbly apologise from the bottom of my heart, for having used such strong language towards your mom. Even though the challenge could have been an ideal thing, now it is being soured by what I said. I am sorry, from the bottom of my heart. I am regretting every bit of the last sentence. I am sorry.”
Seasoned actor Hlomla Dandala who plays the role of Zweli Dikana has taken to social media to blame the cancel culture for his death.
He also blamed those who could not forgive him after he apologised.
“I just found out about u Ta Patrick Shai and all those people that came for him for likes, I hope you’re happy. I hope you’re happy. For those who wanted Patrick Shai cancelled. You wanted it. You got it. For a joke. For a Fuc&%ng joke, cancel culture killed him. Please note that while he was an embarrassment (deserving of cancellation and death) to you, he was a mentor and a father figure to many of us. But well done. I hope you are proud of yourselves.”
Patrick Shai played the villainous role of Phasha in The River at the time of his death.