Theatre veteran and broadcaster Leonie Evadne Forbes has passed.

The Theatre and Broadcasting family has been sent into mourning, after it was revealed yesterday that Forbes had passed.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his condolences on his social media, “Leonie Forbes is a name synonymous with Jamaica and with Jamaican Theatre and broadcast. She was always elegant and gracious, and her voice commanded both respect and admiration”. He ended by saying, “We say thank to Leonie for her contribution to Jamaican Arts and Culture and we express our deep sadness at her passing”.

Over on Twitter Dionne Jackson-Miller posted a picture of her and Forbes with the caption, “RIP Leonie Forbes. What a warm, wonderful, super talented woman!”.

Minister Mark Golding wrote, “We are saddened by the passing of Leonie Forbes, a great personality of Jamaican drama and culture who has been a household name for most of our lifetimes. We honour her contribution to our country. RIP Leonie”.

Forbes’s career statrted in 1955 with the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC), where she was one of the first voices of local radio. She played leading roles in several pantomimies and plays including ‘Sea Mama’, ‘The Rope and the Cross’ and ‘Old Story Time’.

Forbes was 85 years old.