As we honor Kiernan Forbes, known as South African rapper AKA, for the vivacious artist that he was, and offer our condolences for this tremendous loss, we also send our thoughts and prayers to his family, his daughter, with ex, DJ Zinhle, and all who were touched by him and his music.

South African Rapper AKA, born Kieran Forbes, was killed following a stream of gunfire that hit him multiple times outside a popular night spot in Durban, South Africa. An outpouring of support and love for the rapper has been flooding social media. In response, his family issued a statement on Forbes’s Instagram account, expressing their “extreme sadness” and to “confirm his untimely and tragic passing.”


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The statement reads as follows:

“Date: 11 February 2023

Location: Bryanston, Gauteng

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. We are awaiting further details from the Durban Police.

To us, Kieran Jarryd Forbes, was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, most importantly father to his beloved daughter Kairo. To many he was AKA, SUPAMEGA, BHOVA and the many other names of affection his legion of fans called him by. 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 family to decide on the upcoming days.

We thank you for the love and support we have received thus far, and ask you continue to keep us in your prayers and uplifted in the Lord.

Tony and Lynn Forbes”

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