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Rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes dead at 35: report



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Rapper AKA, who was born Kiernan Forbes, was reportedly shot and killed Friday in Durban, South Africa. He was 35.

News24 confirmed with native police {that a} “well-known rapper,” believed to be Forbes, was fatally shot exterior a preferred nightspot on Durban’s Florida Street.

“I can affirm that two males have been killed and one in every of them is a well known rapper. Police won’t be releasing any names of the victims but till a full investigation is accomplished,” legislation enforcement spokesperson Robert Netshiunda advised the outlet.

The Put up reached out to AKA’s reps for remark.

In response to reviews, the South African rapper was slated to carry out in Durban on Friday. He was because of launch a brand new album, “Mass Nation,” on Feb. 27.

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The South African rapper was reportedly shot Friday evening.
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Paramedic Garrith Jamieson advised TimesLIVE that the capturing occurred simply after 10:15 p.m. native time and that, upon arriving, “paramedics met whole chaos and a scene the place two males, believed to be of their late 30s, sustained a number of gunshot wounds.”

“Paramedics assisted the lads and sadly the primary male had sustained a number of gun shot wounds and confirmed no indicators of life and was declared deceased on the scene,” he added.

The second unidentified male sufferer later died, regardless of life-saving efforts, the outlet reported.

Followers and fellow artists flocked to Twitter and Instagram on Friday to share their condolences and heartbreak for AKA, who was born on Jan. 28, 1988.

The rapper had posted to Instagram earlier Friday about his upcoming album launch, and now the feedback part is filled with damaged coronary heart emojis. He additionally appeared to tweet simply earlier than the capturing, replying to a fan online.

Within the replies, followers posted “RIP” together with coronary heart emoticons and expressed how “fearful” they’re about his security. Others begged the rapper to put up one thing to substantiate he’s alive.

“Is true bro AKA are you okay?” wrote one user.

“Are you alright mate?” tweeted another.

“We’re all ready so that you can tweet one thing,” another pleaded.

The artist, also called Supa Mega, has attracted over 489,000 month-to-month listeners on Spotify, along with his largest hits being “Lemons (Lemonade),” “Fela in Versace” and “All Eyes on Me.” His most up-to-date launch was the album “Prada” earlier this yr.

In 2021, the rapper, who shared daughter Kairo with an ex, DJ Zinhle, lost his fiancée, Anele “Nelli” Tembe, after she fell to her demise.

This can be a breaking information story. Examine again for updates.