Perry laughs off Madea death

Actor/director Tyler Perry has laughed off reports that he will kill off his hit character Madea, insisting the outspoken family matriarch will remain a key focus of his films as long as fans continue to flock to the cinema.

The latest turn of Perry, pictured, as the foul-tempered grandmother in Madea Goes to Jail has been a huge success - the comedy shot to the top of the US box office chart last month with an opening haul of R411million.

But the star was recently said to be contemplating making his next Madea outing, Madea's Class Reunion, his last - because it takes too much effort to transform himself into the character.

He says: "I have been saying for years that the moment people stop coming to see her, she will die a quick death. For years I've said this. Now, all of a sudden, it's everywhere that I'm killing her off. That's strange to me ." - Wenn