Tributes pour in for AKA, as his family confirms his passing

By Tshegofatso Makola

Tributes have began to flood in for the late icon in the South African hip-hop industry, AKA. This comes as the artist was shot dead on the evening of 10 February 2023.

The parents of Kiernan Forbes, commonly known as AKA, have in a statement, confirmed  his passing.

In the statement, the parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes expressed that they are awaiting further details from the police, adding that in this time of grief, they are appealing for “compassion, space and time to congregate as a family to decide on the upcoming days”.

The musician was shot dead along with another man, who’s identity still not been revealed. According to police, the incident happened at a popular night spot in Florida Road, Durban at around 10pm, where it’s been revealed that Forbes was standing on a pavement outside.

The musician was expected to perform later that night at his birthday celebration, with his last few social media updates showing him at a table with drinks.

As news began to circulate about his passing, many fans expressed denial and hurt on various social media platforms.

" To many he was AKA, SUPAMEGA, BHOVA and the other names of affection his legion of fans called him by.”
- Tony and Lynn Forbes

The sudden passing of AKA comes months after the fatal shooting of South African known artist, DJ Sumbody and the most recent shooting of Bacardi artist Vusi Ma R5. 

Many have seen this as no coincidence, expressing the common thread of the nature of the shootings, as well as the lack of safety for South African artists.

Just a few days ago, another well-known South African musician, Cassper Nyovest spoke out on how he has increased his personal security because he doesn't feel safe. Nyovest was a close friend and business partner to DJ Sumbody and has since expressed how his death has opened his eyes.

Following AKA’s passing, police have since expressed that a double case of murder has been opened. 

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