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VIDEO: ‘I don’t know what happened with him, he was a healthy guy’ – Connie Ferguson on her late husband, Shona

The death of actor and producer Shona Ferguson sent shockwaves throughout the world, and it is still hard to comprehend that he is gone. The actor died at the Milpark private hospital in Johannesburg on 30 July 2021, due to Covid-19-related complications.

Seventeen months later, his wife Connie Ferguson, is still struggling to cope with his untimely loss, and she is taking it one day at a time. The former The Queen actress recently had a sitdown interview on Newsroom Afrika, and she opened up about Shona’s illness and recounted her last few days with him before he passed on.

Shona Ferguson

“We both got sick at the same time, and I was also very sick. He was strong for me and seeing how he was strong for me, I thought my husband was strong. I was a week in and he started getting worse. He struggled more with his breathing than anything else. We did little things together we would take worse but I would get further than he would, but we tried to do everything right according to what we knew. I don’t know what happened with Sho because he was a healthy guy. I think he was diagnosed on the 26th of June. On the 30th of July, he was admitted to the hospital because he was struggling to breathe,” she recounted.

Connie said they were confident that Shona was going to beat Covid-19 because he was healthy and strong. The actress fought back tears as she recalled the night Shona was discharged from the hospital and his health deteriorated.

Connie Ferguson and sweetheart Shona

“He had Covid-pneumonia, when his symptoms improved they discharged him by the following Friday after the 3rd. I think I’m still traumatized from that night after he was discharged from the hospital. Because he was strong he put on a front that he was strong enough to come home. That was the longest night of my life. Because I had to monitor his oxygen. That night he just got progressively worse. That night I was looking at my husband fading away from me,” she said.

She explained that after that night it got downhill and he was incubated for two weeks. The actress said that during that time she was not sleeping or eating. Connie said his death was not sudden because they saw him failing. The actress said doctors would even tell her to sit with him because it might be his last day but they would pray and be confident that he would get better.

At Shona’s funeral, Connie delivered an emotional eulogy in a pre-recorded audio message. The actress said she never anticipated where she is today.

“Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be in this position that I am in today – speaking as I am today, without your physical presence.”

“Sho, I thought you and I were going to grow old together. That’s what I saw. That’s what I saw for myself; that’s what I saw for us. That’s always been the dream. I never anticipated where we are today,” she said.


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