Cape Town – South African rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes has died.
Police confirmed that the rapper was shot dead outside a restaurant on Florida Road in Durban on Friday night.
“What we can confirm for now is that a well-known musician, 35-year-old, and his bodyguard who is said to be 34 years old were shot and killed on Florida road on Friday night.
“The musician and his security detail were leaving after supper… so as they were leaving for their vehicles, two unknown gunmen came from across the street and opened fire on them…,” police said.
Rapper AKA was killed by Two unknown Gunman, listen to the police officer 💔
Not AKA | AKAs | Da Les | CCTV | Delete | Anele | SupaMega | Anathi | SAPS | Cassper | Nadia | Dj Sumbody | Dj Zinhle | Nelly | Kairo | Tibz | Bheki Cele | Yemi #RIPAKA pic.twitter.com/TlE2iW8uT5
— Ndi Muvenda 🎯 (@Ndaedzomuvenda) February 11, 2023
AKA was in the province for a performance.
A family statement appealed for “compassion, spacer, and time to congregate as family to decide the coming days”.
The family expressed its sadness following AKA’s death and said: “To us, Kienan Jarryd Forbes, was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, most importantly, father to his beloved daughter Kairo.
Official Statement: Rapper Aka is no more 💔💔💔💔💔 #RIPAKA #RIPAAKA #RipLegend #riptibz #RIPKiernan djzinhle cassper kairo nadia nelly da les Kiernan Forbes rest in peace AKA focalistic #RestInPeace #officialstatement pic.twitter.com/1liHxxOC3M
— Beau Mazibuko (@beaumazibuko) February 11, 2023
“To many, he was AKA, SUPAMEGA, BHOVA andf the many other names of affection his legion of fans called him by.
“Our sone was loved and gave love in return.”
Messages of condolences poured in on social media following the news:
As the nation mourns the lives of AKA & TIBZ, May their souls rest in peace and my deepest condolences to their families. #RIPAKA #RIPAAKA #RipLegend pic.twitter.com/Z9B7z7qGMJ
— Galaletsang Tshungu (@Realgalaletsang) February 11, 2023
Never been crushed by a celebrity death like yours 💔 papa Kairo😭😭#RIPAKA pic.twitter.com/pvqBm2w8Ef
— Dee_Candy (@DeeCandy_) February 11, 2023
My heart goes to Nadia 💔 #RIPAKA pic.twitter.com/XFdSZ7sjZA
— Call Me Aunty Releh 😍 (@RELEH_LEGODI) February 11, 2023
This is by far the worse news to wake up to 💔💔 i am still in shock 😭😭😭😭 #RIPAKA pic.twitter.com/8VbSi2nPjR
— 🎀Mrs Mom🎀 (@BuhleMahlangu14) February 11, 2023
This is so unfair, I am literally shaking of fear, pain and sorrow. A mother has lost her son, a very little girl has lost her dad, a young man has lost his future, killing has become a common business in SA, how do we raise our kids safely in this country?💔#RIPAKA #anele #CCTV pic.twitter.com/1j6rqwQEBB
— Sisanda Nomusa Qwabe-Coutaud (@SisandaQ) February 11, 2023
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu