The River actor died in his Dobsonville home on Saturday, January 22nd, according to his family.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the demise of Ntate Patrick Shai, a veteran actor. We respectfully request that you allow the family time to grieve this tragic loss. "More information will be released as soon as possible," the family said in a statement.
Patrick recently got fire on social media for challenging rapper Cassper Nyovest to a friendly #FameVsClout battle.
Patrick used the phrases "son of a b*tch" in the video, which Cassper and some of his supporters did not like.
"On the ring, I'd like to meet you." Before I died, I was supposed to beat you up. I want to make sure that I beat you so that they can write Nyovest on my gravestone as the man who beat Caster or Costel or whatever your sh*t name is. "Come on, Son of a B*tch," Patrick said.
"Go-Go Son of a B*tch," they chanted in another video in which he was mobbed by a crowd.
Patrick went on to say, “Hey wena Nyovest, I want you in the ring. I am here with my whole team and my trainer from the other Mayisela foundation. Boy, you know nothing about fighting. I represent the spirit of the fighting prince and Baby Jake Matlala. Hey boy, one round and you are dead.”
Patrick later issued a video message apologizing for the offensive joke and profanity.
"South Africa," says the speaker. As motho o moholo, I should have done better (as an older person). Please accept my apologies. I respectfully apologize from the bottom of my heart for having spoken to your mother in such a harsh manner. Even though the challenge had the potential to be fantastic, it has now been ruined by what I said. From the bottom of my heart, I apologize. I'm kicking myself for the final sentence. "Please accept my apologies," he said.
"There is no amount of apology that can erase the filthy words on my mouth, that was off, and I shouldn't have spoken it," he said in an interview with Drum.
I should've double-checked it before posting. "It was supposed to make people laugh, but it went wrong," he explains.
Hlomla Dandala, a fellow performer, has since gone to social media to blame cancel culture and people who remained unforgiving despite Patrick's apology.
"I just found out about you, Ta Patrick Shai, and all those individuals that came for likes, I hope you're doing well." 'I wish you happiness,' she murmured.
"For those who wanted Patrick Shai to be canceled, this is for you. It was something you want. You figured it out. For a laugh. Cancel culture killed him for a Fuc&% ng joke. Please keep in mind that, while he was an embarrassment to you and deserved of cancellation and death, he was a mentor and father figure to many of us.
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