Tragedies Of 7de Laan Actors That Gripped The Nation

Gregg Pettigrew, the soapie star who murdered and killed his teenage partner last week, has been officially removed from 7de Laan. While the TV celebrity did not appear on the Afrikaans soapie, the popular show has seen a number of personal tragedies afflict its cast members.

Beloved figures have had real-life tragedies play out in public over the years.

Here are five heartbreaking stories from the past.

Aubrey – Randall de Jager

Randall, who played Aubrey Rudolph on 7de Laan, was killed in a botched house break-in on December 22, 2001.

The 30-year-old actor was shot in the face while house-sitting for a friend.

Waldemar Schultz – Jan-Hendrik

In 2013, the son of Waldemar – who played Jan-Hendrik Terreblanche on 7de Laan – fell to his death off a cliff at a popular whale-watching spot in Hermanus.

News24 reports that the soapie actor and his family were in the town to attend the Kalfiefees annual entertainment festival.

Themsie Times – Maria

7de Laan was dealt a major blow when the soapie’s beloved house helper Maria Zibula- played by Themsie Times – died in 2021.

The 70-year-old’s cause of death was never disclosed.

Antonio Summerton – Rick

The soapie star – who appeared in 7de Laan’s early days, died in a motorbike crash in 2007.

He was just 27 years old.

7de Laan soapie actor Antonio Summerton

Patrick Shai – Jacob

The most heartbreaking story involving a 7de Laan star was the suicide of Patrick Shai – who played Jacob Moloi – in 2022.

The veteran star ended his life after allegedly being cyber bullied over a lighthearted video he posted just days prior.

Meanwhile, Gregg Pettigrew is scheduled to appear in court this week on murder charges in the death of his 29-year-old boyfriend, Dean Jeran.

The accident happened last week at the actor’s Kempton Park rental house. Following the tragic gunshot, Pettigrew tried suicide by ingesting pain medicine.

The actor from Getroud Met Rugby is also accused of illegally having a handgun.

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