Shai's family confirmed his death to TshisaLIVE in a statement.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the demise of Ntate Patrick Shai, a veteran actor. This morning, he passed away, January 22 2022.
"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.
Amogelang Mmusi, a family representative, told a nwes publication that the family was not ready to announce the reason of death at this time.
However, a news publication has obtained a SAPS communication alleging that Shai committed suicide and was discovered by his wife, Mmasechaba Shai.
Mmasechaba discovered her husband "hanging" in the garage and untied him before laying him on the floor, according to the communication.
Mmasechaba married Patrick when she was 17 years old and stuck with him until the end, despite the fact that Patrick acknowledged to abusing her for years.
Mmasechaba told Move magazine in 2016 about the abuse and how she finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel when Patrick realized his error and sought help. As a changed man, she sang his praises.
Shai was a well-known actor with a lengthy filmography, and since his death was revealed, condolences to him have inundated social media channels.
After starring in a number of television shows, including Mission Top Secret, Zero Tolerance, Hillside, Soul City, and Yizo Yizo, the veteran actor became a household name.
Shai has had a long list of feature picture credits, including Cry, the Beloved Country, and Critical Assignment, to name a few.
In his most recent TV appearance, he played Mr Phasha on 1 Magic's The River, reuniting alongside Sebogodi on screen.
There is nothing more painful and traumatic as seen the love of your life's lifeless body from the hanging. When it finally hits you that you will never see this person alive again, you won't get to hear their voice or see them smile again.
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