JOHANNESBURG — Jamie Bartlett’s peers and fans have taken to social media to pay tribute to the multi-award-winning actor who died on Monday.
The 55-year-old Bartlett popularly known as David Genaro for his role in eTV’s Rhythm City had several roles on South African television, including Mike O’Reilly in SABC3’s Isidingo.
Veteran actress Connie Chiume, who worked with Bartlett on Rhythm City, said: “I spoke to Jamie on Saturday and invited him to my birthday, which was supposed to be in two weeks.
“Jamie was so happy to being there and I said, ‘Jamie, do you mind being on a poster?’ and he said “Of course, of course, Connie” and he sent me pictures I know he was there on Sunday and I looked at the pictures and saw how happy he was to take pictures with his fans. He walked around. I’m the person I know, the person who loves people who love life, so I’m still in shock.”
Actress Nokuthula Ledwaba, who worked with him, described his death as devastating.
“He was just the kind of person who would show you how much you meant to him. No matter what he was going through, he would be there. He would have intense conversations about life, about love, about raising children,” she said.
Jamie Bartlett won a Safta award for his outstanding role as David Genaro in Rhythm City. He decided to leave the soap opera in February 2020.