Netflix’s How to Ruin Christmas star Busi Lurayi, has died. The cause of death is still unknown. She was 36 years old.
According to TVLine, her death was confirmed by her agency Eye Media Artists via a statement from Lurayi’s family.
“We are deeply saddened to notify you of the passing of our beloved Busisiwe Lurayi,” wrote the family. “Busisiwe passed away suddenly and was pronounced dead at her residence on Sunday [July 10] by medical personnel. The reason for her death is still unknown as we await the results of the autopsy report.”
"We humbly request that you allow us as the family to come to terms with this tragic news," the family continued. "We thank you for the support that has been given so far and will provide further information as soon as it has been made available."
The South African actress played Tumi Sello in How to Ruin Christmas franchise on Netflix. In the first installment, The Wedding, her character was described as “a reluctant bridesmaid to the core” who manages to make her family upset the day before her sister’s traditional wedding. “To get back in her family’s good graces,” states the description, “Tumi looks for the missing best man.”
Lurayi returned as Tumi in How to Ruin Christmas: The Funeral, which finds Tumi hoping to have a nice Christmas, but a death rocks the family and she is guilt-tripped into planning a Christmas funeral.
Fans and outlets have sounded off on the shocking news, with South African broadcaster the SABC writing on Twitter, "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. Condolences to the Lurayi family, friends and fans. #RIPBusiLurayi.” Lurayi had a working relationship with the SABC prior to the How to Ruin Christmas franchise. On the SABC sitcom City Ses’la, Lurayi played Phumzile.
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.
Condolences to the Lurayi family, friends and fans.#RIPBusiLurayi
Image: Instagram / busi_lurayi pic.twitter.com/3sem5NSFj7
— SABC (@SABCPortal) July 11, 2022
Netflix South Africa has also posted a message on Twitter, writing, "An incredible light has gone out in the South African entertainment industry."
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning stage & screen actor Busi Lurayi,” the outlet wrote. “We will hold onto the laughs, the beauty & the moments of joy she brought us.”
An incredible light has gone out in the South African entertainment industry. We are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning stage & screen actor Busi Lurayi. We will hold onto the laughs, the beauty & the moments of joy she brought us. #RIPBusiLurayi #HowToRuinChristmas pic.twitter.com/eUdcpqtTfG
— NetflixSA (@NetflixSA) July 11, 2022