Ningali Lawford-Wolf dead – Rabbit-Proof Fence star dies during Edinburgh Festival tour aged 52 – The Sun

ACTRESS Ningali Lawford-Wolf – who starred in hit film Rabbit-Proof Fence – has died, aged 52.

The star was on tour at the Edinburgh International Festival at the time of her death.

She had been performing in the production The Secret River and died on Sunday.

Ms Lawford-Wolf regularly appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and her production company, Sydney Theatre Company, said they were "devastated" by her death.

The company also called her "one of Australian theatre's greatest treasures".

Two shows in Edinburgh were cancelled last week after Ms Lawford-Wolf fell ill. One of her cast mates then filled her role as narrator for the show's remaining four performances.

Ms Lawford-Wolf is best known for her role in the 2002 award-winning film Rabbit-Proof Fence, about three mixed-race girls taken from their Aboriginal mother and sent to a training camp for domestic workers.

The actress was born was in Wangkatjungka, an Aboriginal community in Kimberley, Western Australia.

We've lost one of Australian theatre's greatest treasures

She trained as a dancer at the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, then continued to perform professionally with Bangarra Dance Theatre in Sydney.

She also starred in Bran Nue Dae and Last Cab to Darwin, and the television shows The Circuit, 3 Acts of Murder, Little J & Big Cuz and last year's Mystery Road.

A statement from the production company read: "Sydney Theatre Company is absolutely devastated to confirm the passing away of Ningali Lawford-Wolf in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday 11th August, while she was touring with STC and performing in The Secret River.

"Ningali was an incredibly talented performer as well as a wonderfully caring and thoughtful person.

"We've lost one of Australian theatre's greatest treasures.

"Ningali was a wonderful mother to Jaden, Rosie, Alexander, William, and Florence, and loving grandmother to Zavia and Mia.

"Ningali's family as well as the cast and crew of The Secret River are understandably very distressed by this news.

"All of us at STC offer our condolences to Ningali's family and friends, and ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

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