Johannesburg - Slain Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela's family was dealt a double blow on Thursday after his aunt collapsed and died after nearing news of his death.
The 29-year-old actor died in hospital after succumbing to gunshot injuries sustained in an attempted hijacking in Tembisa on Wednesday night.
Masilelo was visiting a friend in Tembisa and was reportedly sitting in his parked vehicle when a black Jeep approached them. They tried to flee but the Jeep gave chase and the occupants opened fire.
Family spokesperson Mpumi Phillips confirmed Masilela's aunt had died at the family home after hearing the news. She was Masilelo's father's sister and was still mourning the death of her brother last year.
"We can confirm that Dumi's aunt has died but the family will not elaborate further than this," Phillips said.
Phillips added that Masilela's wife, Simphiwe Ngema, had not anticipated her husband's death. She believed doctors would save his life.
When the former Muvhangu actress arrived at the hospital, Masilela was still conscious and the couple exchanged their final words before he went into surgery.
"She thought that the doctors would operate and treat his injuries. She didn't think that he would die that night," Phillips said.
Phillips added that Ngema is traumatised but is being strong for his family.
"She is traumatised, but she is an incredible woman. She is staying strong for his family," he said.
The star couple wed in May this year.