Jamie Bartlett, the South African actor known for his roles as Mike O’Reilly in Isidingo and Rhythm City’s David Genaro, has passed away at 55.
The news of his passing was confirmed by eNCA who had spoken to a family member. Bartlett passed away on Monday 23 May.
In a statement from film producer Anat Singh, Bartlett is praised as “a master of his craft” and his passing is grieved with shock. Bartlett’s death is believed to have happened unexpectedly.
Bartlett was a huge force in the acting world and as a personality, from his televised roles to his position as a judge on SA’s Got Talent. He studied Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town before his post-grad masterclass in London.
The late actor has graced both international and local acting roles and won a Safta for his role as David Genaro in 2019.
Tributes have poured in for the beloved icon, with some social media’s stating that they never missed certain episodes purely because of Bartlett’s work.