On Friday night in Durban, the South African rapper AKA was shot and killed outside a restaurant (Feb. 10). He was 35.

AKA’s parents, who go by the name Kiernan Forbes in real life, acknowledged their son’s passing on social media on Saturday, February 11.

We confirm the unfortunate and untimely demise of our darling son on the evening of February 10, 2023, and we acknowledge his passing with the utmost regret. The statement, which was posted on AKA’s official Twitter account, was signed by Tony and Lynn Forbes and read, “We are awaiting additional facts from Durban police.

In addition to being the father of his cherished daughter Kairo, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes was also a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend in the eyes of his family.


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“To many, he was known as AKA, Supa Mega, Bhova, and a host of other affectionate nicknames given to him by his devoted following. Our son received love and returned it.

According to police, AKA, who was supposed to perform at a nightclub on Friday, was on his way to his car in the city’s famed nightlife district just after 10 p.m. when two armed men opened fire at close range, according to The New York Times. AKA’s friend Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane, a chef and businessman, is thought to have been the second man who passed away at the site.

At the time of publication, the Times reported that authorities were still looking for the suspects.



AKA uploaded a post on Instagram the night before he passed away on Friday, promoting his new album, Mass Country, which is due out in late February. After hearing of his passing, comments from musicians like Diplo flooded the page.

likewise Swizz Beatz. Diplo wrote, “Damn buddy. Swizz added a lot of emoticons with crying faces.

AKA is one of the top hip-hop musicians in South Africa. Prior to the release of his debut album, Altar Ego, in 2010, which included the well-known song “Victory Lap,” AKA worked as a producer for a number of artists. Later, he gained popularity for songs like “Lemons (Lemonade),” “Fela in Versace,” and “All Eyes on Me.”

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