South African actor, producer and co-founder of Ferguson Films, Aaron Arthur Ferguson professionally known as Shona Ferguson has died at the age of 47.
According to a statement from his family, Ferguson passed away at noon on Friday, July 30 from COVID-19 related complications.
Things to know about the late actor:
– Ferguson was born on 30 April 1974 in Batswana South African.
– He started his journey into the world of entertainment in Lesotho as a club DJ at The Palace Hotel Night Club in 1992.
– After moving back to Botswana his focus shifted to the corporate world and he ended up in the IT business.
– Having started as a salesman, he worked his way up to become a respected businessman where he won multiple achievement awards, including Top Sales Manager Award 1998-99 while working at EDUTECH.
– Ferguson started his acting career as Ace on the South African TV series Generations.
– In April 2006, he started acting on the South African venda soap opera Muvhango as Dr Leabua and gained fame from the role.
– He left the show in March 2007. He then starred as Itumeleng from 2011–2013 on The Wild, a M-Net soap opera.
– He, along with wife Connie Ferguson, established Ferguson Films both starred on their film production’s first series Rockville.
– He starred as JB from 2013 to its final episode in 2016.
– He also starred on 2014’s The Gift, a Ferguson Films series, and starred as Jerry Maake on The Queen, also a Ferguson Films series that started in 2016. His other TV appearances include Isidingo: The Need as Tyson and Scandal! as Alex.
– Ferguson was cast in the 2010 film Mrs. Mandela.
– He married actress Connie Masilo in November 2001.
– In June 2002, they welcomed their only daughter and child, Alicia Angel.
– He received the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap and Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement by a Lead Actor in a Made for TV Movie.
– In 2020, they produced a Netflix six-part series called Kings of Joburg.
– He started Ferguson Films with wife, actress Connie Ferguson. As of 2021, they had produced Rockville, iGazi, The Gift, The Throne, The Herd, The Queen, The River and The Imposter.
– In late July 2021, after having complained of chest pains then admitted to Milpark Hospital, Ferguson underwent heart surgery.
– On the afternoon of 30 July, according to a statement issued on Ferguson Film’s Instagram account, he died. His cause of death was given as COVID-19 related complications.