Rapper AKA shot dead: What happened to him in Durban? Cause of death and Obituary


Rapper AKA shot dead: What happened to him in Durban? Cause of death and Obituary

Devastated news for the South African Hip-Hop community: Renowned rapper Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA, has been shot and killed in Durban. The famed hip-hop star was just 35. Let’s see why he shot, who was the suspect, and what exactly happened to him in detail.

  • AKA, a well-known rapper from South Africa, passed away following a shooting in Durban.
  • The Prada rapper and his bodyguard were reportedly shot by unidentified gunmen as they stood outside a restaurant, according to sources.
  • AKA passed away immediately, according to paramedics, while his bodyguard passed away a short time afterward.

What happened to AKA in Durban?

Rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes was killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday night on Florida Road, according to police sources.

Rapper AKA has been shot dead in a drive-by shooting. AKA was standing outside the Wish Restaurant on Florida Road in Durban on Friday evening when he was gunned down. Two unknown cars are believed to have opened fire just before 10 pm.

AKA’s close buddy, who was also supposed to be his security, was killed along with a second individual who was reportedly the artist’s bodyguard.

IOL claims that shocked diners at a nearby eatery claimed that AKA was shot when he was outside Wish.

Who shot AKA? Cause of death

Police confirmed that the duo AKA & Tibz got shot while having dinner at a restaurant in Morningside Florida Road Durban as they were leaving the restaurant to their vehicle,2x unknown Men opened fire on them, killing them instantly.

In the meantime, Florida Road had been closed following the shooting event where two persons have been confirmed dead, according to Garrith Jamieson, a spokesman for ALS Paramedics.

He acknowledged that the well-known rapper was one among the dead. Another person believed to be AKA’s bodyguard was also wounded, while another unidentified person, who is understood to be a close friend of AKA, has been shot dead.

According to social media posts, AKA was scheduled to perform at the YUGO nightclub in Durban as part of his birthday celebrations.


Durban’s Florida road has been closed off following a drive-by shooting a short while ago(Twitter)

Who was Kiernan Jarryd Forbes? 

AKA was a South African rapper whose real name was Kiernan Jarryd Forbes (28 January 1988 – 10 February 2023), also known as AKA. Forbes, who was born and raised in Cape Town, rose to fame after the release of the song “Victory Lap” from his debut studio album, Altar Ego (2010).

To build on his popularity, Forbes continues to release studio albums, such as Levels (2014), Touch My Blood (2018), Bhovamania (2020), and the joint album Be Careful What You Wish For with Anatii (2017).

Forbes appeared as a special guest on WWE Live events in April 2018 that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He was the roastee for the Comedy Central Roast special in 2019. Forbes was killed in a drive-by shooting in Durban on February 10, 2023.

A quick look at his personal life

At the end of 2014, DJ Zinhle, a producer, and Forbes started dating. Congratulations to my winner,” Zinhle said after winning multiple South African Hip Hop Awards, offering a relationship indication.

Kairo Olwethu Forbes, a daughter of the couple, was born in 2015. After it was found that Forbes allegedly cheated on Zinhle with television broadcaster Bonang Matheba, Forbes and Zinhle ended their relationship in August 2015.

When Forbes and Matheba announced their romance in 2016, they did so while refuting the accusations. In December 2017, Matheba and Forbes parted ways. Forbes and Zinhle split up again later in 2019, although they reconciled in the latter part of 2018.

Forbes announced his engagement to girlfriend Nelli Tembe in a photo he shared on Instagram on February 21, 2021. Tembe passed away on April 11, 2021, in Cape Town after falling from a hotel.

Following Tembe’s passing, rumors about Forbes’ drug use surfaced. In response, he made a public statement stating that he would refrain from disclosing their marital issues to protect himself from “one-sided opinions.”

The rapper made his comments in response to a News24 article that claimed to have seen photos showing Forbes brutally smashing down a wooden door to get into the bedroom of their Bryanston, Johannesburg, residence, where Tembe was hiding. Nearly a month before she passed away, on March 13, 2021, is when the event allegedly occurred.

How do AKA fans react to his death?

When AKA’s death was officially announced, the social internet erupted in flames. Some of the fans’ reactions were shown below:

Siyanda Mandy wrote,

Hmmm, I am at a loss for words..what a cruel world we live in. Rest in peace AKA shame life is short…maybe it has to do with the death of his ex…people can hold grudges and plan bad things wena uthi kudlulile…they waited for him to come to Durban to finish him off…my point of view though.

Ntokozo Norman said,

According to the crime index ranking, South Africa is the most dangerous country in Africa. Around 71 people are murdered in this country every day. We are not safe at all and is everyone’s responsibility to hold this failing government accountable. Rest in peace young man.

Ziyanda Elda Nkonye wrote,

SA is my country but it’s one of the most dangerous countries in terms of crime, they excel. Truth citizens are living in fear of what could be taken away from them at any time. I pray No bullet flies by night or by day will come near my family in Jesus’ name, the blood of Jesus cover them. Astray bullets how is that even possible? what a loss MHSRIP.

Dinoe Mseleku posted,

We can blame the police and stuff, but we must know that it is we the citizens who raise dead-minded children with silly rights from school, where they start killing their schoolmates.

Children are now exposed to a lot of terrible parental and societal values and by the age of 20+, they do horrible stuff… Amazulu on their own, are a terrible tribe to this crime. They cause endless pain to families: orphans and widows. Can you imagine killing one for having a taxi, one you can share ideas about the business, now it’s for fame, we have seen this encroaching to musicians like sj somebody, and the other guy, then it’s AK


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