Apparently, Santa doesn’t always bring good tidings. South Africa’s TV industry was thrown into shock following news of the unexpected death of Binnelanders and Generations producer and director, Friedrich Stark on Christmas Day, as well as Binnelanders plot outline writer Elsabé Roux. So far, there hasn’t been any clarification on the apparent cause of death for both deceased.
At the age of 62, Friedrich Stark unexpectedly passed away in Cape Town on Christmas Day.
Stark started the Stark Films company in 1985 when he left the SABC. He was married to Elsje Stark and the pair had three sons.
He produced Generations on SABC1 in partnership with MMSV Productions and Binnelanders for kykNET since 2005.
Stark was also known for his work as a producer and actor on the Afrikaans soap opera Binnelanders and an executive producer on an Afrikaans sitcom called Parys Parys.
Friedrich Stark – who started out as an actor made an appearance in Afrikaans films like Die Voortrekkers (1973), Môre, Môre (1973), Dingetjie is Dynamite (1975), Kiepie en Kandas (1981) and the TV series Net ’n Bietjie Liefde (1977) when television started in South Africa. He maintained a successful career that spanned decades.
Movie stars who have worked with him had a lot of positive things to say about the impact he had on their careers.
— Connie Ferguson (@Connie_Ferguson) December 26, 2016
Friedrich Stark had a huge impact on my career as a young actor. I'm finding it hard to process this loss. Condolences to the Stark family ????
— Mme a Masakona (@FloMasebe) December 26, 2016
Also, the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Tuesday expressed shock at the unexpected death of the two TV icons.
“We are saddened by the deaths of the two extraordinary individuals who contributed immensely to raising the standard of our South African television productions‚” said SANCO national spokesperson‚ Jabu Mahlangu.
Mahlangu said that Stark had selflessly nurtured talented individuals to the highest professional standard. He added that the deaths of Stark and Roux have robbed the creative arts industry of rare gems.