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Friends, family mourn a star

By unknown | May 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Like a dark cloud, a solemn mood hung in the air as family, friends and colleagues filed into the home of the late Lindiwe "Doobsie" Chibi in Mofolo, Soweto, yesterday.

The actress, who played the character of Doobsie in the TV drama series Muvhango as if it had been designed just for her, died of pneumonia at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital on Tuesday night.

Those visiting Chibi's home to offer their condolences to her immediate family did so after having attended a prayer service to mark her tragic demise.

Among them was Muvhango's executive producer Duma Ndlovu who said: "We are so shocked that she has died. No-one expected this.

"It's a big loss for the Muvhango cast," he said.

The news of Chibi's passing had drained all emotion from her mother, Pamela Mgabadeli, who was given sedatives to calm her before controversial and flamboyant East Rand doctor Mveleli "Dr Love" Gqwede arrived and treated the distraught mother and some Muvhango cast members at the service for shock.

Cast member Florence Masebe said she had believed that Chibi was out of danger after surviving a bullet fired into her face allegedly by her then boyfriend, Dan Mokoena, two years ago.

"She had recovered so well. It's still not making sense to me.

"We say 'Thy will be done' but we are not too sure what we mean," she said.

Many of those present spoke of their sympathy for Chibi's mother.

Veteran musician Miriam Makeba said: "I wish Doobsie's mother strength through this. I know the pain of losing a child."

And Mara Louw said: "I can feel Pam's pain. She gave her all to take care of her child.

"As an actress Chibi can never be replaced," she said.

Ndlovu announced that Doobsie's character in the soapie would be phased out.

"The character was specifically created for Lindi. It is only appropriate to phase it out now that she has left us," he said.

Khabonina Qubeka, who currently plays Doobsie, but has not renewed her contract, said she respected the decision.

"In honour of Lindi's name, family and spirit, I fully respect the decision to phase out the character," she said.

On playing Doobsie, Qubeka said: "I could feel Lindi's spirit and it encouraged me to play the part as well as I could."

The soapie's production was halted for the day in Chibi's honour.

Dates for the memorial service and funeral have not yet been announced.


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