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Rapper AKA Says He’ll Never Be The Same Four Months After Fiancée’s Death

AKA and Anele “Nellie” Tembe | Image: Instagram/akaworldwide

South African rapper AKA shared an emotional tribute to his late fiancée Anele “Nellie” Tembe, four months after she died.


22-year-old Tembe died after falling from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Central Cape Town on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

AKA on wednesday morning shared an image of him and Tembe on his Instagram page.

“4 months to this day. 💔 … it never goes away. Everyday I pray for her, myself and our families. I will never be the same person I was … but I will do the best I can with the gift and opportunity of life that I still have left.

The Fela In Versace hitmaker thanked those who have stood by his side: “Thank You to everyone who has stuck by me and our respective families … you know who you are. 💜”

AKA and Nelli Tembe | Instagram/akaworldwide

AKA and Nelli Tembe | Instagram/akaworldwide

AKA also shared a video clip of him and Anele dancing in a kitchen on his Instagram Stories, which he followed up with four heartbreak emojis.

Weeks after Tembe’s death, AKA in his first public message said every day “feels like a mountain to climb”: “I have lost the love of my life…and every day feels like a mountain to climb. I miss Anele, so much, and I’m heartbroken at the unfulfilled life we had planned together,” AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, said in a statement shared on his Instagram page.

In June, AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, penned a letter to Anele on Father’s Day. AKA expressed his deep sadness in a letter to Nellie, saying that as much as he tried to enjoy the day, everything reminded him of her and that made enjoying the day a very difficult exercise.


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Tembe’s death was at first it was reported as a suicide but investigators decided to take another look at the case. IOL reported that last month, the National Prosecuting Authority has referred the docket back to the police for further investigation.

In a statement sent to IOL Entertainment, Western Cape NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the NPA had returned the case to the police, a standard procedure when the deceased dies of unnatural causes.

“The matter concerning the deceased, Ms Anele Tembe, was referred to the office of the Western Cape director of public prosecutions. The docket was subsequently returned to the police for further investigation.

“Further investigation was requested, as is standard for all matters where the deceased dies of unnatural causes. The matter is still under investigation by the police and is receiving the required attention.”

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