Award-winning hip-hop star dies aged 34

Award-winning hip-hop artist has died aged 34

Award-winning hip-hop artist has died aged 34. Credit: YouTube

Award-winning hip-hop star dies aged 34.

TRAGIC NEWS – Award-winning South African hip-hop star Riky Rick dies aged 34, as a result of an apparent suicide. The rapper, who recently announced a partnership deal with African Bank, sent a cryptic tweet hours before he passed away.
Rick, whose real name is Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado and was the founder of Cotton Club Records, was found dead on Wednesday, February 23 at his estate home in the north of Johannesburg, South Africa. Local media reports suggest that the artist hung himself with a rope after suffering from severe depression.
According to South African news outlet Sunday World, several sources state that Rick was found by his management team at around 8.30 am and was still alive when he was rushed to hospital.
“Unfortunately he died when they were en route to the hospital,” a source, who did not want to be named, told the website.
A statement on behalf of the family read: “Son, husband, father, brother and uncle, Riky ‘Ricky’ Makhado (34) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (23rd February) in Johannesburg.
“Affectionately known as Riky Rick across the globe, he was deeply loved by his family, friends and the entire entertainment industry.
“His love for family, friends, and community is well known. Riky’s nurturing and developing of young musical talent is well documented and will forever be remembered.”
His death comes after a mysterious final tweet he shared at 3.20 am (local time) on Wednesday morning just hours before his death.
He wrote: “I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home.”

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