Veteran actor David Butler dies at 61


South African veteran actor, David Butler is announced dead at the age of 61, after battling cancer.

The actor’s death was confirmed on “BackABuddy” Facebook page, in an official statement.

“Our beloved father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, David passed away peacefully this morning at around 10.30am. He was surrounded by family in a room filled with love. Although he had been ill, it is still, as is always the case, a huge shock. Nothing prepares one. We take comfort that David is reunited with his beautiful son,” read the statement.

“We respectfully ask that the family are given space to process their loss. We will share with you the details of any arrangements as they unfold.”

David was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2020.

On the 6th of May, an update was shared about his health condition.

“Two week’s ago David’s oxygen levels were low, he had an infection, and he was admitted to hospital. He is now back home and receiving excellent care. We are hoping that he will start a new drug trial on Monday, but, as we have learned, nothing is a given … except of course that we love him, that David’s bravery and courage inspires us all, and we are, as always, grateful that he has so many people who care about him.”

He was known for decades of work in theatre, TV and film. Internationally, the actor starred in the drama series Life is Wild in 2007.