Just when we thought the new year will bring hope and better news, it looks like, its taking over the baton from 2020.  It has been announced that veteran actress Lindiwe Ndlovu has passed at the age of 44. Although the official statement doesn’t mention her cause of death, it reveals that the actress passed away Monday morning.

Her long-time agent Lynne Higgins and a close friend she was staying with Tumelo Ngwalase confirmed the news to Sowetan yesterday evening.

According to both Higgins and Ngwalase the actress died in her sleep.

“She died this morning and I thought she was sleeping. I frantically called the ambulance.  She started getting sick in the morning around 3:30am,” Ngwalase said.

Ndlovu was renowned for her roles in Zabalaza, Egoli, Stokvel, Erfsondes, Lockdown, Isono, Soul City, Scandal!, Isidingo, Backstage, Ga Re Dumele and Home Affairs.

She had just celebrated her 44 birthday on Friday.

“It is with heavy hearts and unimaginable sadness that we bring you the news of Lindiwe Thembekani Ndlovu’s passing in her home this morning 11th January,” Higgins said in a statement.

Her talent will be solely missed. Rest well Ma.