Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:04 am

The death of talented actor Ceagan Arendse has laid bare the depths of mental illness…

“Ceagan, unfortunately, lost his battle with depression and succumbed to the disease by suicide,” read the statement from his family.

Many were shocked to hear how Arendse had died, and some were able to relate


Arendse was described as a talented actor whose loss is felt throughout the industry.

Before Arendsvlei, Arendse was known for his role in various KykNET soapies including Frankie in Suidooster and Theo in Project Dina.

In October last year, the actor filmed a Showmax Original series titled Skemerdans. In the series he takes on the role of Warren, the black sheep of a very powerful family. The show is set to premier later this year.


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A post shared by Ceagan Arendse (@ceagan_)


In his last Instagram post, three months ago, Arendse was hyped to have wrapped the Skemerdans shoot and seemed to be excited for the future as he wrote; “What an absolute magical journey! I’ve definitely left a part of me on this journey and have taken a part of each of you! Thank you for the memories! #skemerdans,” as the caption.



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A post shared by Ceagan Arendse (@ceagan_)


The actor will be sorely missed, conversations around mental illness need to continue in earnest.



Help is available: If you are feeling depressed, suicidal, hopeless

CONTACT SADAG – The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

For counselling queries e-mail:
To contact a counsellor between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Sunday, Call: 011 234 4837 / Fax number: 011 234 8182
For a suicidal emergency contact us on 0800 567 567
24-hour Helpline 0800 12 13 14

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