South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, professionally known as AKA, has been shot dead in Durban, South Africa at the age of 35. News24 confirmed with local police that a ‘well-known rapper’, believed to be AKA, was fatally shot outside a popular night spot on Durban’s Florida Road. According to a first responder at the scene, who spoke on condition of anonymity, AKA was shot while standing on the pavement when gunfire rang out shortly after 22:00, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“I can confirm that two men were killed and one of them is a well-known rapper. Police will not be releasing any names of the victims yet until a full investigation is completed," KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda told the outlet.
ALS Paramedics spokesman Garrith Jamieson said both men sustained gunshot wounds and despite efforts to resuscitate one of them, he succumbed to his injuries.
After his death, his family members took to Instagram to announce the news and share a heartbreaking post for the Victory Lap rapper. Penning a note for their’ beloved’ son, they wrote, “One minute you’re here and the next you’re gone. Make the most of your time people, just like AKA did. RIP to the GOAT."
AKA was reportedly slated to perform in Durban on Friday. He was due to release a new album, ‘Mass Country’, on February 27. He was promoting his forthcoming album with his last Instagram post, showing him working in the studio and posing in a photo shoot.
His tragic passing comes more than a year after he lost his fiancee Nelli Tembe, who fell to her death from her hotel room in an Cape Town hotel in April 2021. The rapper had a daughter named Kairo Olwethu Forbes, born in 2015, with his ex DJ Zinhle.
(With IANS inputs)
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