By Bahle Gama
South African Rapper and music superstar, AKA, real name, Kiernan Forbes’ family on Saturday morning confirmed his death.
In statement released at 6 am, the rapper’s family further appealed for privacy whilst they await further details from the police. The statement by Tony and Lynn Forbes states: “It is with extreme sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved son and confirm this untimely and tragic passing on the evening of February 10. We are awaiting further details from the Durban police. To us, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, most importantly a father to his beloved daughter Kairo. Our son was loved and he gave love in return. In this time of grief, we appeal for your compassion, space, and time to congregate as a family to decide on the upcoming days.”
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According to SAPS KZN Spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda, the rapper was killed in a drive-by shooting by unknown assailants while he was standing outside the Wish Restaurant along Durban’s entertainment stretch of Florida Road.
One other person was also killed while another sustained injury. The second deceased person is believed to be his bodyguard. On another note, Kwazulu-Natal MEC for Sports Art Culture Amanda Bani-Mapena has joined millions of AKA’s fans, supporters, and family in mourning the rapper whose life has been selfishly taken in a brutal way leaving a gaping hole in the South African entertainment scene.
Bani-Mapena said the attacks and killing of music artists were often unheard of and the news about AKA was not only shocking but infuriating.
“The tragic killing, no matter the motivation, has not only deprived AKA’s family but it has put paid to one of the scintillatingly successful artistic stories in South Africa, Africa and the entire world. AKA was a household name globally”, said Bani-Mapena.
AKA’s visit to Durban was reportedly part of the continuation of his birthday celebration and a tour ahead of the anticipated release of his Mass Country album on February 24. He was billed to perform at Yugon on Friday Evening.
Bani-Mapena further stated what was more disheartening was that the incident happened in KZN, ahead of his much-vaunted appearance at the Durban All-White Concert at the Durban ICC.
“We refuse to be defined as a province that does not recognize the value of human life. We cannot have artists’ lives taken in such an inhumane matter. This has 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 beloved family, fans and industry colleagues”, said Bani-Mapena.
Fans from all oever the world have reacted with shock and saddness to his death. Social media has been awash with tributes and questions over what has happened to the Supa Mega, as he was affectionately known to his throng of fans.