Jabu, popularly known as Gunman on Yizo Yizo, was found dead in his Soshanguve home in Pretoria on Monday afternoon.
As news of his death spread late on Monday night, fans and industry friends inundated social media with tributes.
One of the first to share his condolences was musician Arthur Mafokate. Posting a picture of Jabu, he wrote: “We will always miss you my brother and friend”.
Big name personalities such as DJ Cleo, Manaka Ranaka and Pearl Thusi also took to social media to share their shock at the actor’s death.
At a loss for words… RIP Chris. Hacked.
— PEARL THUSI (@PearlThusi) 12 juin 2017
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa paid tribute to Jabu and sent condolences to the actor’s family.
We send our deepest sympathies to the family of popular Yizo Yizo and Zone 14 actor Jabu Christopher Kubheka who has tragically passed away. pic.twitter.com/nHYmqePphg
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) 12 juin 2017
Perhaps one of the most touching tributes came from Skeem Saam actor Buhle Maseko, who shared a memory of the last time he met Jabu.
Posting a picture of himself with his arm around Jabu, Buhle wrote: “So glad I got the opportunity to take this picture with you, though it was brief, got to share ideas with you. I’ll never forget how crazy our visit to Bloem was and I tried to be your bodyguard (fail). RIPGunman. Legend”
Jabu’s manager Thabo Makgaretsa confirmed to TshisaLIVE that Jabu’s wife found his unresponsive body in their family home on Monday and called for help.
A post-mortem is currently underway to find out the exact cause of death.
He was best known for his role as Gunman on SABC1’s drama series Yizo Yizo and as Bazooka Khumba on SABC1’s popular drama series Zone 14.