Actress, comedian and events MC, Lebohang Mpyana famously known as Khelina from Mzansi Magic’s DiepCity has sadly passed on. This was confirmed by her family spokesperson T Mpyana on the actress’s Facebook page on Thursday morning. Your browser can’t play this video.
Flamboyant DiepCity actress Lebogang Lettie Mpyana has sadly died after a short illness. Mpyana was known as loudmouth and gossipmonger Khelina on the now-canned drama series.
The family shared the news of the 34-year-old’s death was shared on social media. The family spokesperson urged fans to keep the family in their prayers.
“It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our daughter Lebogang Mpyana. Lebo died after a short illness. Memorial service and funeral service details will follow,” reads the statement.
Black Brain Pictures also issued a statement extending their condolences to her family and friends.
“In the Black Brain family, we stand together in profound sadness and the loss we feel is indescribable. Today, we honour her memory and the incredible impact she had on all of us. Lebogang Mpyana was an extraordinary individual who fearlessly pushed boundaries, defying expectations and inspiring many with her talent.”
“Her departure leaves a void in our hearts and in the entertainment industry. Lebogang’s unique presence and unwavering dedication brought ‘Khelina’ to life in a way that will never be forgotten. Her contributions will continue to inspire aspiring actors and actresses to pursue their dreams fearlessly, reminding them that perseverance and hard work can make a lasting impact,” reads the statement.
In a previous interview with Sunday World, Mpyana said she believed the television drama series DiepCity catapulted her to stardom and international recognition.
DiepCity led to stand-up comedy gigs
Mpyana said she would forever cherish the moments spent exploring the livelihood in an informal settlement and being the funny character she turned out to be.
She shared that her funny character landed her stand-up comedy gigs in Moletjie and GaMatlala, rural areas outside the city of Polokwane in Limpopo during the festive season.