Iconic Mzansi casting director and agent Moonyeenn Lee (76) has died from complications related to the coronavirus.

It was announced in a statement by her company Moonyeenn Lee Associates (MLA SA), that she died on Saturday 18 July 2020 and she is survived by her daughter Cindy Lee, her son David Lee and her pets, Hitchcock, Eva and Spice. 

“Moonyeenn helped shape the lives of many actors, directors, and writers through her fierce honesty and passion. The SA film industry has lost an icon and a formidable champion of the arts. She will be sorely missed by us all,” the statement read.

“A highlight in her illustrious career was when she became the first SA member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes for the Oscars and the Television Academy, which votes for the Emmys.” 

Moonyeen Lee managed the casting of films such as The Bang Bang Club, Disgrace, the Oscar-winning Tsotsi, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, the Oscar-nominated Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond; the Oscar-shortlisted Black Panther and Life, Above All. She also managed the casting of Golden Globe nominees Machine Gun Preacher and Mandela and De Klerk; and Emmy-winning series like Homeland. Lee was nominated for two Emmy Awards for The Looming Tower and Roots. 

She received the Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award at the SA Film & Television Awards in 2017. 

My agent, my friend, my sister passed away last night. RIP Moonyeenn Lee. I truly have no words to express grief. Thank you for everything. Elder 🙏🏿💝⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

— JohnKani (@JohnKani2) July 19, 2020

What an incredible loss. She believed in you and so many. And she put that belief into meaningful action. A master. RIP

— Warren Nebe (@WarrenNebe) July 19, 2020

RIP to The legendary South African Casting Director and Agent, Moonyeenn Lee. She passed away on Saturday morning, 18th of July 2020 in Johannesburg. #RIPMoonyeennLee pic.twitter.com/cB0GUOp0vb

— Actor Spaces (@actorspaces) July 19, 2020

A tree has fallen. The best Casting Director there ever was. #RIPMoonyeennLee
💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/33UGALFq9L

— Sylvester Chauke (@sylvesterchauke) July 19, 2020

Shattered. Devastated. Pained. Thank you for supporting my career. I will remember you for your passion for cinema, storytelling and performance. But more importantly you were a great loving and generous human being. I will truly and deeply miss you. #RIPMoonyeennLee pic.twitter.com/sbQb6KTnKF

— Khalo Matabane (@KhaloMatabane) July 19, 2020

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