Legendary actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies at 77

Legendary actress Nomhle Nkonyeni died at age 77 at 4.30am on Wednesday, nephew, Vusi Manapha, confirmed the news to Heraldlive.

She was hospitalized on Friday and died early this morning and it is not yet clear what led to her death.

She had appeared in numerous television productions, including Mzansi, Tsha Tsha and the 2007 mini-series Society.

In June, Nkonyeni, 77, expressed her joy at having Aggrey Road in New Brighton, where she grew up, renamed in her honour.

“I grew up in New Brighton. My relationship with that street is my church, Arthur Wellington Church, which was built in 1945.

“I spent most of the week in that street – on Monday I would attend the little girls’ prayer, on Wednesday I was there, on Friday we visited the temple. I spent a lot of time there.

“Every day of the week I was in Aggrey and asked myself who is Aggrey? Who is Gratten? Who are these people?

“I feel honoured to have a street in my honour. They are handing the name over to Nomhle Nkonyeni, who grew up in that dusty township of New Brighton.”

Tributes pour for her after death news surfaced on social media, see below reactions from twitter;