@Busi Lurayi was a talented and versatile South African actress who starred in several popular TV shows and movies, including How to Ruin Christmas,
Wild at Heart, City Ses’la, and ER. She was known for her comedic skills, radiant smile, and passion for acting. She passed away suddenly on 10 July 2022 at the age of 36. Her death shocked and saddened her fans, colleagues, and family members, who are still waiting for answers about the cause of her demise.
Busi Lurayi started her acting career at a young age, appearing in several theatre productions and commercials. She made her TV debut in 2004 on the sitcom City Ses’la, where she played the role of Portia, a naive and bubbly receptionist.
She gained more recognition when she joined the cast of Wild at Heart, a British drama series about a family that moves to South Africa to run a game reserve. She played Thandi, a local girl who worked at the reserve and fell in love with one of the sons of the family.
She also appeared on several other TV shows, such as ER, Generations, Rhythm City, Soul City, and Intersexions. She won a SAFTA award for best supporting actress in a Comedy for her role as Portia in City Ses’la in 2010.
She also ventured into movies, starring in films such as Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, The Jakes are Missing, and The Tokoloshe.
Her most recent and notable role was as Tumi on the Netflix comedy series How to Ruin Christmas, which premiered in 2020. The show follows the misadventures of Tumi, a rebellious and irresponsible woman who ruins her sister’s wedding and tries to make amends.
The performance garnered positive feedback from both critics and viewers., and was renewed for a second season, How to Ruin Christmas: The Funeral, which aired in 2021.
Cause of Death
Busi Lurayi‘s cause of death is still unknown as of now. Her father, Freddy Mokoena, found her dead body in her bedroom at her flat in Edenvale on 10 July 2022.
According to some reports, her body displayed evident bruising on her legs, along with bleeding from her mouth, raising suspicions of foul play. However, no official confirmation or explanation has been given by the police or the family yet.
Netflix South Africa issued a statement on Twitter expressing their condolences and paying tribute to Busi Lurayi. They wrote: “An incredible light has gone out in the South African entertainment industry. We are deeply saddened by the passing of award-winning stage & screen actor Busi Lurayi.
We will hold on to the laughs, the beauty & the moments of joy she brought us. #RIPBusiLurayi #HowToRuinChristmas.” They also shared a video montage of some of her scenes from How to Ruin Christmas, showing her humorous and charming personality.
Family and Net Worth
Busi Lurayi’s birthdate is 27 April 1986, and she was born in Soweto, South Africa. Following the unfortunate loss of her mother during her early years, she was raised by her grandmother. Busi had two sisters and a brother, and she shared a special bond with her father, who offered unwavering support for her acting aspirations.
Throughout her life, Busi remained unmarried and did not have any children. It was rumored that she was in a relationship with actor Thapelo Mokoena at the time of her passing.
According to certain sources, Busi Lurayi’s estimated net worth amounts to approximately $1 million USD.
The talented and beloved actress left behind a legacy of laughter and joy. She will be missed by many people who admire her work and personality. Her death remains a mystery that hopefully will be solved soon. May she rest in peace!