His family confirmed the news, saying Shai passed away on Saturday morning but details around his death are yet to be revealed.

The award-winning actor appeared on numerous stage plays, feature films, and television productions like 7de Laan and most recently The River.

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The actor recently penned an apology to Cassper Nyovest for using v****r language that involved the rapper’s mother following backlash from social media and gender-based violence (GBV) organizations.

This as a video of Shai challenging Nyovest circulated on social media in which he challenged the musician to a boxing match.

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In his apology, the actor said the intention was to challenge him to a public engagement that would lead to an exhibition fight in the hopes of bringing issues of GBV to a higher platform.

The rapper is known to initiate boxing matches with prize money as high as R100,000.

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Shai is survived by his wife and two children.