Aaron Arthur Ferguson, South African actor better known as Shona Ferguson, has died from COVID-19 complications at 47.

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The filmmaker and media executive’s family spokesperson broke the news in terse statement on Friday.

In the statement, the family described the “untimely passing” of the deceased as a sad development.

The family also dismissed claims in some quarters that Ferguson died after a heart operation.

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“It is great sadness that we confirm the passing of Mr. Shona Ferguson. He passed away at noon today. Mr. Ferguson’s untimely passing was due to COVID-19 related complications, and not a heart operation as reported in the media,” the statement read.

“We ask that you give the family time to process this painful loss, and respect their space during this time.”

Ferguson kick-started his acting career when he played Ace on ‘Generations’, a South African TV series.

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He continued to pull the strings thereafter, starring in several other TV series including ‘Muvhango’, ‘The Wild’, ‘The Queen’, ‘Isidingo: The Need’, and ‘Scandal!’

In 2020, the movie star made his Netflix debut when he partnered with the streaming service for the production of ‘Kings of  Jo’burg’, a hit series he also featured in.

Ferguson tied the knot with Connie Masilo in 2001 and they welcomed a child together.

The deceased had floated Ferguson Films, a movie production company, alongside his wife, in 2010.

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According to worldometer, South Africa has recorded 2,435,036 COVID-19 cases and 71,679 deaths since the novel disease started last year.



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