IN PICTURES | Final farewell for Shaleen Surtie-Richards

13 June 2021 - 19:35 By karishma thakurdin
TV, film and theatre actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards was granted a category 2 special provincial funeral which took place at Durbanville Memorial Park in Cape Town.
TV, film and theatre actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards was granted a category 2 special provincial funeral which took place at Durbanville Memorial Park in Cape Town.
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SA acting legend Shaleen Surtie-Richards was laid to rest on Sunday after a fitting final send-off at Durbanville Memorial Park in Cape Town. 

The veteran actress was found dead in a guest house in Cape Town on June 7 where she was staying during the filming of the TV series Arendsvlei

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday approved the request for Shaleen to be honoured with a category 2 special provincial funeral. 

Friends and family who spoke at the funeral service shared fond memories of how Shaleen touched lives with her “larger than life” personality. 

Michelle Surtie De Bruyn took to the podium to speak on behalf the family. She fondly referred to Shaleen as her aunt, and reminisced about how the star’s colourful personality impacted on her childhood.  

“We knew auntie Shaleen was famous but this week we found out how much she was loved. Shaleen Surtie-Richards was not a star because of the characters she played but because of her ability to inspire people to believe they could be anything they wanted.” 

Shaleen Surtie-Richards was laid to rest on Sunday.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards was laid to rest on Sunday.
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Mourners honour Shaleen Surtie-Richards with a moment of silence.
Mourners honour Shaleen Surtie-Richards with a moment of silence.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES
The acting legend's life was celebrated on Sunday.
The acting legend's life was celebrated on Sunday.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES
The veteran actress was honoured with a special provincial funeral.
The veteran actress was honoured with a special provincial funeral.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES
Shaleen Surtie-Richards died on June 7.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards died on June 7.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES
Shaleen Surtie-Richards' friends and family shared fond memories of her.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards' friends and family shared fond memories of her.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES
The funeral service for Shaleen Surtie-Richards was filled with touching tributes.
The funeral service for Shaleen Surtie-Richards was filled with touching tributes.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

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