|Died||May 5, 2018|
|Known for||Being a comedian.|
|Children||Lawrence (Junior), Liona, Tatenda and John|
Lawrence "Mudhara Bhonzo" Simbarashe was a Zimbabwean actor and comedian. He starred in international and local films, and wass known for his role in the popular comedy Timmy na Bhonzo as well as famous commercials for Black Label.
Simbarashe died on 5 May 2018 at Chitungwiza Hospital where he had been admitted.
He landed roles in over 15 local and international films including King Solomon’s Mines and Flame.
Simbarashe broke up with his first wife in the late 80s and later remarried Pain Mugura in 1991. From his first marriage he has two children Lawrence (Junior) and a daughter Liona and from his second marriage, Bhonzo has two children Tatenda and John.
In September 2011 he gatecrashed a Delta Beverages event held at Glamis Arena after he demanded entry into the VIP stand claiming that he had every right because he once starred in an advertisement for them. Bhonzo complained to Delta Beverages officials, who were sponsoring the event before he was allowed entrance into the VIP section. He argued that since he was the face behind the hugely popular – Black Label Lager – commercial he should have been invited at the event.
Richard Rashai, of Delta Beverages, had to intervene on his behalf by smuggling him into the VIP arena. Bhonzo, who was in the company of a fellow artiste when the incident occurred, also had to be given vouchers together with his colleague despite the fact that they were both not accredited.
- A new lease of life for Bhonzo, NewsDay, published: February 20, 2016, retrieved: June 13, 2017
- Tawanda Marwizi, Story behind Bhonzo’s fall from grace, Herald, published: January 8, 2016, retrieved: June 13, 2017
- Lawrence Simbarashe gatecrashes at Chibuku, Chronicle, published: September 19, 2011, retrieved: June 13, 2017