Fri Dec 19 05:53:29 SAST 2014

TV actor found dead

Jan 15, 2012 | BONGANI MDAKANE |

TALENT show Class Act runner-up Muzi Ngwenya (29) has died a mysterious and lonely death at his mother's house in Bramley, north of Jozi on Tuesday night.

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His mother was in Jamaica in the West Indies when the promising actor passed away this week and speculation is rife on social media networks as to how he lost his life.

Family spokesperson Sipho Skenjana and a close friend of the Ngwenyas told Sunday World yesterday that the budding actor " died from what appears to be smoke inhalation after lightning struck the house" during a heavy storm that hit Gauteng this week.

It is speculated that lightning struck the TV set, which caught fire in one of the rooms in the house.

Says Skenjana: "Ngwenya's friend Bongani says they were chilling together earlier that night, but Bongani left.

"Muzi's cellphone battery was flat when his friend left the house. However the lighting struck and caused the spark in the TV set as he was asleep.

"He might have died because of smoke he inhaled while asleep, but the police are investigating the cause of his death. The post mortem will determine what actually happened."

He says the room in which Ngwenya's lifeless body was found smelt of smoke and the walls and curtains had black soot on them.

Skenjana says the actor was found by his brother Keith on Thursday after he had tried to call him and got no answer for two days.

He went to the house and found that the door leading to the room in which Muzi slept was locked from the inside and he called a locksmith.

The police were summoned and his body was taken to the morgue.

His mother Agnes Ngwenya- Peter, who was on holiday in Jamaica, came home immediately after hearing the sad news of her son's death.

"Mama Agnes had left the house in the care of Muzi while she was on holiday and the news of her son's death was disturbing to her.

"She took the first flight from Jamaica to the US and boarded a connecting flight to South Africa," says the friend.

She arrived home yesterday.

The news of Ngwenya's death spread like wildfire on social media networks Twitter and Facebook, where his fans posted messages of condolence.

Ngwenya was best known for his character Simon Ndlovu in the SABC1 drama Fallen, which was screened last year.

He started his acting career after he was voted the runner-up in Class Act in 2010. Ngwenya was also in the playMa-Brrr as part of an all-star cast at the State Theatre in Pretoria last year.

He will be buried on Friday,

mdakaneb@sundayworld.co.za

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