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Elize Cawood: Daughter details SA actress’ cause of death

Published by Andile Sicetsha

The South African film industry is still reeling in the shock of Elize Cawood passing away. The news was confirmed by her daughter Jenna Jo Dunster on Facebook, on Saturday.

Elize Cawood has passed away: Daughter details cause of death

According to Dunster, her mom passed away on Saturday morning, at approximately 09:19 after a long battle with lung cancer.

“She was diagnosed with lung cancer in September [2019] and fought gracefully until the end. She was in no pain when she passed and both me and my father were there with her,” the daughter wrote.

Tributes pour in for Cawood

Prominent South African actors and fans took to social media to pay tribute to the veteran actress after the news of her death broke out.

These are some of the tributes we picked out:

Elize Cawood’s obit: Career highlights and achievements

Cawood was 68 years old when she passed, leaving behind a stellar track record, on and off the screen. Born in Bloemfontein, Free State, in 1952, Cawood always had a love for drama.

After graduating from Central High School, she enrolled at the University of Free State for a BA degree majoring in drama.

Her career debut came in 1974, where she starred in Paul Ziller’s The Effect of Gamma Rays and Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Man of Setzuan.

These are some of the other movies and TV shows she has starred in:

  • What You Sow, 1979
  • The Visitors, 1980 (TV mini-series)
  • Wasted Spring, 1983 (TV mini-series)
  • Poor Killer, 1986 (TV movie)
  • The Fourth Reich, 1990 as Romy Taillard
  • Taxi to Soweto, 1991 as Jessica du Toit
  • Daisy the Milker, 1993 (TV movie) as Ethel Balderow
  • Lyklollery, 2001 as the TV licensee
  • The Long Run, 2001 as Mrs Sugar
  • Red Dust, 2004 as Anna Hoffman