Our South African soap stars are considered to be an extension of our family – we laugh with them, cry with them and when we see them in the street, we often forget their real name!
So, when news struck that these familiar faces from our favourite soapies had died, we were simply heartbroken!
Some of the soaps took the decision to write the stars out of the storylines, such as with Isidingo actress Ashley Callie (above), who died in a car crash in 2008, and was written out in a sombre ending.
On other occasions, the characters were replaced by other actors.
Gone, but not forgotten: Take a look at other soap stars gone too soon…