Franci Swanepoel, a South African actor, tragically passed away in her sleep on Sunday, aged 50. Her cause of death has not yet been made public, but according to Maroela Media, it is believed that she died in her sleep.
Swanepoel was an extremely prolific Afrikaans TV presenter, news reader, producer, director, and actor. She starred in multiple shows including her role as Toeks Jobert in the kykNET soapie Binnelanders. She also starred in Getroud met Rugby, a show about a rugby player who married a woman with two children.
Although the details surrounding Swanepoel’s death are still unclear, what is known is that she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Following the news of her death, fellow South African actors took to social media to pay tribute to the veteran star. “In addition to her exceptional talent, class and intelligence, Franci was an exceptional person. Warm, sincere, honest. So much care about our industry,” fellow actor Lizz Meiring tweeted.
Her talent agency, Talent-ETC, confirmed the news on Instagram with a touching tribute. “You will be loved and missed until the end of time,” it wrote in the caption alongside a photo of Swanepoel.
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About Franci Swanepoel
Franci Swanepoel was an accomplished South African actress who dedicated her life to the performing arts. She was born in Johannesburg and spent her formative years studying drama at the University of Stellenbosch. Her father, Nic Swanepoel, was a well-known news anchor and her mother, Marida Swanepoel, was a television producer.
Following in her parents’ footsteps, Franci embarked on a successful career in the entertainment industry. She starred in numerous stage productions and made appearances on popular South African TV shows. In addition to her talent and intelligence, Franci was known for her warm personality and care for others in the industry.
Her death at the age of 50 came as a shock to many and left a void in the South African performing arts community. She is survived by her husband Max Baer, mother, older brother Jan Adriaan, and older sister Elsje.