It is a truism that artists, like renowned authors, never die. They continue to live through the legacy of their classic works, which essentially become an enduring self-portrait of themselves.
And that will always be the case with the irrepressible comedic actor Bill Flynn, who died of a heart attack in his Johannesburg home this week.
In an acting career spanning 30 years, Flynn became one of the most recognisable faces of our theatre and film industry.
Few comedians were able to straddle both the white and black entertainment worlds effortlessly as Flynn did with his signature barnstorming style.
He will be sorely missed.