South African Rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes, Shot Dead in Durban

The rapper was shot dead in a drive-by shooting on Florida road in Durban, Friday night.

Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, aged 35, was shot and killed in Durban in a drive-by shooting on Friday. Another person believed to be his bodyguard was also wounded, while an unidentified person, who is reportedly a close friend of the rapper has also been fatally shot.

Report says AKA was standing outside the Wish Restaurant when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Speaking to TimesLIVE, ALS Paramedic Garith Jamieson said they responded to a shooting incident at around 10:15pm where two men sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Speaking to the outlet, Jamieson said “On arrival, paramedics met total chaos and a scene where two men, believed to be in their late 30s, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics assisted the men and unfortunately the first male had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and showed no signs of life and was declared deceased at the scene.”

The motive behind shooting is still unknown. According to reports, the rapper was slated to perform in Durban, as part of his birthday celebrations. He was due to release his new album, Mass Country, which he tweeted about earlier that day, on February 27.

His parents, Tony and Lynn Forbes have expressed their “extreme sadness over their loss of their beloved son.” “It is with extreme sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved son, and confirm his untimely and tragic passing on the evening of February 10, 2023. We are awaiting further details from the Durban police…”

“In this time of grief we appeal for your compassion, space and time to congregate as family to decide on the upcoming days. We thank you for the love and support we have received thus far, and ask you continue to keep us in your prayers and uplifted in the Lord.”

AKA gained recognition after releasing his single “Victory Lap” from his debut studio album, Altar Ego in 2010. He also sang “Fela In Versace”, “Lemons” and “All Eyes on Me.”


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