Veteran South African actor Lieb Bester passed away on Wednesday, July 21, following a short battle with COVID-19. He was 72 years old.
NEE!!!!! Nie die oom met die sagte glimlag nie. Rus sag oom Lieb Bester. Jy sal nie vergeet word nie. pic.twitter.com/rHPJedUycA
— Blonde Afrikaner (@Blondy123abc) July 21, 2021
According to News 24, Bester was hospitalised with COVID-19 on June 24 as one of his kidneys were only functioning at 27% but thereafter improved to 40%. He was then discharged earlier this month.
Bester will be remembered for his iconic roles in Afrikaans TV soaps like kykNET’s Villa Rosa and Binnelanders, and in drama series like Spoorloos and Arsenaal which aired on SABC 2.
Meanwhile, South African singer Steve Hofmeyr took to social media to pay tribute to the icon who he describes as his childhood hero.
Ek verneem met groot hartseer van Lieb Bester se afsterwe. Hy was my kinderheld en baie van my drome het waar geword toe ek later teenoor hom kon speel in Agter Elke Man die fliek. Hy was groot legende en sy hart was reg. My bede is by sy familie. pic.twitter.com/ccZex90R2J
— Steve Hofmeyr (@steve_hofmeyr) July 21, 2021