Mzansi is still mourning the loss of veteran actor Jamie Bartlett. Bartlett, who is well known for his role as David Genaro on Rhythm City, died after having a cardiac arrest on Monday this week. His son Hector Bartlett has since shared a touching tribute to his dad who he says inspired him to be both interested and interesting when it comes to life and living.
Many soapie fans are still reeling over the passing of one of South Africa’s most celebrated actors, Jamie Bartlett. The actor played many memorable roles on local soapies and became a favourite for many people who loved watching him completely immerse himself in each of his roles.
On Monday 23 May this week, his family issued a statement confirming his untimely passing:
“It is with deep pain and loss, that the management of Jamie Bartlett, South African film, television, and theatre actor and icon, confirms that he has passed away,” read the family statement.
Since then, many fans and local celebs have paid tribute to the star. His son Hector Bartlett had this to say during an eNCA interview:
“My father said to me, very young, to try and be interested and, therefore, interesting. I think that’s something I’ve taken forward in life in our journey together.”
“He was fascinated by food, texture, nature, by colour. He really did live the passion that I think he brought to the millions of screens across South Africa.”
Hector also spoke fondly about his dad’s theatre performances and how he was inspired by them:
“He brought that into my life as a very young man and, I think, as an unbelievable father. He was the fire that inspired me through the most unbelievable performances on screen, on stage, and through every single life that he touched.”
Before thanking the actor’s fans and supporters for all the touching tributes, he added:
“I couldn’t think of a better person to witness or learn from in terms of how you ignite someone, in terms of how you light up their world, and how you speak to their imagination.
“My father has a miraculous ability to speak to everyone and make everyone feel seen as though they know him, a rare relatability, and I think that’s naturally the reason we’ve seen such a success for him on screen.“