Rapper AKA has been killed

Award-winning rapper, AKA whose real name is Kiernan Forbes has been shot dead in Durban on Friday.

Details of his murder were not clear at the time of publishing this article.

It is believed that AKA was supposed to perform at his birthday party on Friday.

However, he was accosted by unknown gunmen who shot him several times, in what appears to be a hit, outside a restaurant on Florida Road.

The event has since been cancelled.

On Saturday, the Forbes family issued a statement confirming the news of their son’s passing, saying they are waiting for further details from the police.

“It is with extreme sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved son, and confirm his untimely and tragic passing.

Our son was loved and gave love in return. In this time of grief we appeal for your compassion, space and time to congregate as family to decide on the upcoming days,” the statement read.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Amanda Bani-Mapena said they refuse to be defined as a province that does not recognise the value of human life.

“We cannot have artists lives taken in such an inhumane manner. This left us distraught and bereft.

We hope the law enforcement agencies will do their work in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

We send heartfelt condolences to his family, fans and industry colleagues,” said Bani-Mapena.

AKA died at the age of 35. He rose to fame in 2009 with hits like Mistakes, In My Walk, and Do It.

He won Metro FM awards for Best New Comer, Best Hip Hop and Best Produced Album for his debut Altar Ego.

Almost two years ago , the Supa Mega lost his fiancé Anele Tembe when she fell to her death from the 10th floor of the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town.

He is also the father to DJ Zinhle’s daughter Kairo and was dating rapper Nadia Nakai.




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