SA-born actor Antony Sher has reportedly died of cancer at the age of 72.
It was reported that the star’s cancer struggles were revealed in September when his husband, Gregory Doran, took compassionate leave to care for him.
Doran is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Greg, and with Antony’s family and their friends at this devastating time,” Catherine Mallyon, RSC executive director, and Erica Whyman, acting artistic director, told the BBC.
Sher was born in Cape Town in 1949.
He left in 1968 and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. He went on to make a name for himself on the global stage.
In 2005 Sher returned to SA to perform his critically acclaimed one-man play Primo in Cape Town.
He won two prestigious Olivier awards, the first in 1985 for Best Actor as Richard III and in 1997 for his role as playing Stanley Spencer in Stanley. In 2000 Sher was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to the arts.
Many of his fans have flooded the comment section with condolences.