The family of award-winning rapper AKA, whose real name was Kiernan Forbes, has issued a statement confirming his untimely death.
The statement, released on February 11, 2023, expresses the family’s sadness and grief, and confirms that they are awaiting further details from the Durban police regarding the circumstances of his passing.
“It is with extreme sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved son, and confirm his untimely and tragic passing on the evening of February 10, 2023,” the statement read.
“To us, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, most importantly father to his beloved daughter Kairo.”
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The family appeals for privacy and time to grieve during this difficult period. They also express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received thus far and ask for continued prayers and support.
The news of AKA’s death has been met with shock and sadness by the South African music community and beyond.
Fans and fellow musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the fallen star, who was known for his electrifying performances and socially conscious lyrics.
AKA’s legacy will live on through his music, which continues to inspire and captivate audiences.
The family requests that their privacy be respected as they grieve the loss of their loved one.