ZAMBIAN soap opera Kabanana’s lead actor Fred Chanda has died.
Mr Chanda, 64, who played Maybin Kabanana in the popular Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television soap opera died yesterday at University Teaching Hospital.
Kabanana film producer, Lawrence Thompson, who confirmed the death of Mr Chanda in an interview yesterday, described his death as a blow to the Zambian film industry.
“I was surprised to hear of his death because I was speaking to him on Friday and he sounded just fine. He was recently at my office, he asked me how we can bring back Kabanana in a better version,” he said.
Mr Thompson said Mr Chanda was a talented actor who took acting to another level on the local stage.
And Mr Chanda’s daughter , Ng’onga has confirmed the passing away of her father to ZNBC News in Lusaka.
Mr Chanda was admitted to UTH on Thursday and was being treated for high blood pressure and diabetes.
He is survived by nine children, eight grandchildren and a wife.
Ms. Chanda said funeral is being held in Lusaka’s New Chilenje township and burial arrangements will be communicated later.