"Generations" co-producer Friedrich Stark has passed away, according to reports. According to Eyewitness News (EWN), he died on Christmas Day at his apartment in Cape Town. He was 62.
— Phemelo Motene (@PhemeloMotene) December 26, 2016
Stark was also a producer of the Afrikaans TV soapie "Binnelanders".
The sitcom's storyline writer, Elsabe Roux, also died at the weekend, reported EWN.
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
Feeling a personal sense of loss at the news that Friedrich Stark of #Generations has passed away. My hero; I considered him family.— Faye Peters (@fayepeters) December 27, 2016
— TVwithThinus (@TVwithThinus) December 27, 2016
#FriedrichStark RIP. A great guy! We love you! It all started with Trompie! Your school friend! Xxx— Marietjie Dowling (@DowlingMdowling) December 26, 2016
His wife of 36 years, Elsje Stark, told EWN that he may have died from a heart attack or stroke.
"Generations" runs on SABC1 and is the longest-running locally produced soap drama, according to the SABC.
The "Generations" team said in a statement that Stark had been a well-known actor in his youth who went on to work for SABC in the 1970s.
"When he left the SABC in 1985 he and his wife Elsje started Stark Films, a television programme production company best known for the co-production of the daily drama 'Generations' (with MMSV Productions) for SABC1 since 1994, and the production of 'Binnelanders', produced for MNET and later KykNet since 2005," said Generations.
"Friedrich was an industry pioneer and active leader in the local television production industry and played a prominent role in the Independent Producers Organisation. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurship, vision and ability to inspire and lead."
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My condolences to the Morula Pictures & the Stark Films families for the passing of Friedrich Stark. We mourn with you. #RipFriedrichStark— Katlego Danke (@KatlegoDanke) December 26, 2016