7de Laan and Gregg Pettigrew

5 real-life tragedies about the cast of Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan.
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‘7de Laan’ has distanced itself from ‘killer’ actor Gregg Pettigrew. But the cast of the hit soapie has suffered similar real-life tragedies.

7de Laan and Gregg Pettigrew

5 real-life tragedies about the cast of Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan.
Images via Facebook: 7de Laan

7de Laan has officially distanced itself from Gregg Pettigrew, the soapie actor who shot and killed his young lover last week. But while the TV star may not have appeared on the Afrikaans soapie, the popular show has suffered many personal tragedies affecting its cast members.

Over the years, beloved characters have had real-life tragedies play out in public.

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Here are just five heartbreaking stories from over the years.

Randall de Jager – Aubrey

On 22 December 2001, Randall – who played Aubrey Rudolph on 7de Laan – was gunned down in a botched house break-in.

The 30-year-old star was house-sitting for a friend when he was shot in the face.

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Happiest Heavenly Birthday my dear friend. You are truly Missed!

Posted by RIP Randall De Jager on Monday, 3 April 2023

Waldemar Schultz – Jan-Hendrik

In 2013, the son of Waldemar – who played Jan-Hendrik Terreblanche on 7de Laan – fell to his death off a cliff at a popular whale-watching spot in Hermanus.

News24 reports that the soapie actor and his family were in the town to attend the Kalfiefees annual entertainment festival.

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Themsie Times – Maria

7de Laan was dealt a major blow when the soapie’s beloved house helper Maria Zibula- played by Themsie Times – died in 2021.

The 70-year-old’s cause of death was never disclosed.

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Antonio Summerton – Rick

The soapie star – who appeared in 7de Laan’s early days, died in a motorbike crash in 2007.

He was just 27 years old.

7de Laan soapie actor Antonio Summerton
7de Laan soapie actor Antonio Summerton. Images via Facebook: 7de Laan

Patrick Shai – Jacob

The most heartbreaking story involving a 7de Laan star was the suicide of Patrick Shai – who played Jacob Moloi – in 2022.

The veteran star ended his life after allegedly being cyber bullied over a lighthearted video he posted just days prior.


Meanwhile, Gregg Pettigrew will appear in court this week on charges of murdering his 29-year-old boyfriend, Dean Jeran.

The tragedy occurred last week at the 50-year-old actor’s Kempton Park rental cottage. Following the fatal shooting, Pettigrew then attempted to take his own life by swallowing pain medication.

The Getroud Met Rugby actor is also facing charges of illegally possessing a firearm.