Christine Basson, best known for the role on Egoli, has died hours after celebrating her 78th birthday.
Basson who spent her last days at the Ekklesia Park retirement village was confirmed dead by her close friend writer Reinet Louw Kemp, who paid tribute to her in an emotional Facebook post.
“Our beloved friend Christine Basson – for many the strong motherly figure Nora Naudé from Egoli – peacefully went home this morning. She will be missed.”
Local actress Lizz Meiring tweeted: “Legendary actress Christine Basson has died. She was a true legend and icon. I learnt a lot from her as a mentor when I was a young actress.” Lizz also told Jacaranda FM that Christine “was in the high care unit and was struggling to breath and swallow” shortly before her death.
Danie Pienaar, a friend of Christine, told Netwerk24 the actress’ health deteriorated rapidly over the lasts few months after she fractured her coccyx and was in a lot of pain due to osteoporosis.