Busi Lurayi

Watch Busi Lurayi’s memorial service live here. Image via Twitter @ApheleleJody

WATCH LIVE: ‘How to Ruin Christmas’ star Busi Lurayi’s memorial service

Local actress Busi Lurayi is best known for her roles in ‘How to Ruin Christmas’ and SABC 1’s ‘City Ses’La’. Watch her memorial service here.

Busi Lurayi

Watch Busi Lurayi’s memorial service live here. Image via Twitter @ApheleleJody

South African actress Busi Lurayi passed away on Sunday 10 July at 36 years old. According to a statement by her talent agency, The How to Ruin Christmas actress was found dead at her Johannesburg home and her cause of death is yet to be confirmed. Tributes have since poured in from the SAFTA-winning star’s entertainment colleagues and fans.

Lurayi’s memorial service will take place at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Tuesday 19 July.

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Busi Lurayi’s aunt, Sonti Lurayi, told TimesLive that the actress was feeling unwell and was excused from set while shooting Scandal!. The star’s colleagues did not hear from her and Busi’s father found her dead in her daughter’s room.

“He called the police who summoned paramedics. Busi was declared dead at 23:15. The family is devastated,” added Sonti Lurayi.

Sonti added that the family was waiting for answers regarding the actor’s cause of death mentioning that it was delaying the family from making “major decisions”.


Actor and television producer Mandla N, who played Busi Lurayi’s on-screen husband in SABC 1’s City Ses’La, said he was in shock when he heard about her death.

“I didn’t know what to do. I called my producer Zikhona who told me that the news was real,” he told Kaya 959.

“What is left now is to celebrate her life. For me, she really gave her all in this business.”

Lurayi was also best known for playing Tumi Sello in the first two seasons of Netflix’s How to Ruin Christmas. According to the streaming giant, the actress had no plans to return to the comedy series.


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