Jamie Bartlett's partner reveals his cause of death

Jamie Bartlett's partner reveals his cause of death

 Rosa Onious has opened up about her heartbreaking final moments with Jamie. 

Jamie Bartlett and his partner Rosa
Jamie Bartlett and his partner Rosa Onious. Instagram/@realjamiebartlett

The partner of acting legend, Jamie Bartlett, has revealed his cause of death. Rosa Onious was at home with the former 'Rhythm City' actor when she realised something was wrong.

She says the 55-year-old took an afternoon nap on Monday but did not respond when she later tried to wake him up. 

"I said Jamie, Jamie, [but] Jamie didn't look up... I called my mom, who was outside, and she tried everything," Rosa told Channel 24. 

They called an ambulance but paramedics could not resuscitate him. "It was too late," a heartbroken Rosa revealed. 

She says an autopsy revealed that cardiac arrest was his cause of death. The actor reportedly died in his sleep. 

Rosa told the Sunday Times in a separate interview that every day gets harder. "I know he is not there to wake me up with kisses, call my name. It's so painful."

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The entertainment industry is still reeling in shock following Jamie's sudden death. Several stars took to social media to pay their condolences. 

Pam Andrews, who starred alongside Jamie in 'Rhythm City', described him as a "dear friend".

Jamie's character David Genaro and Pam's character Gail October were love interests on the soapie. Pam revealed in October 2020 that she is his biggest fan.

"I Miss My TV Husband .. Mr Genaro... @realjamiebartlett .. I Got to work with this amazing man every day... He didn't even know I was his biggest fan.. Love u 4ever. Mrs Genaro," she wrote.

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'Idols SA' judge Somizi Mhlongo also paid tribute to Jamie. He says the actor was in good spirits when he last saw him. 

"And just like that....last night wud be the last night together literally...... I even made fun of u for greeting each and every person @012_lifestyle_brooklyn including the kitchen staff....yo spirit knew.....farewell my Jamie...." he wrote. 

Somizi also shared a video of Jamie greeting staff at the venue.

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