Rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, has died.
Truetells Nigeria confirmed that the 35-year-old rapper was shot dead outside a popular restaurant on Florida Rd in Durban.
Police confirmed that a 35-year-old male and his bodyguard had been shot dead on Friday.
Speaking to TimesLIVE, ALS paramedic Garrith Jamieson explained that just after 10.15pm this evening they responded to a shooting incident where two men sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
“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 gun shot wounds and showed no signs of life and was declared deceased at the scene.”
He said a second male, believed to be a bodyguard, was found in critical condition and died despite advanced life support intervention due to extensive injuries.
It remains unclear what the motive for the shooting was. SAPS and Metro were on scene and closed the road to assist with the investigation.
AKA is among SA’s best rappers and has produced and written many hit songs including Fela In Versace, Baddest and others since he broke into the industry over a decade ago.
He shares a daughter, Kairo, with DJ Zinhle and was in relationship with rapper Nadia Nakai.
Police in the province were yet to officially comment on the murders, but IOL has independently confirmed from well-placed police sources, who cannot be named as they are not permitted to speak to the media.
It is understood that AKA was standing outside the Wish Restaurant when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
Two unknown cars are believed to have opened fire just before 10pm.
Police had cordoned off the area when an IOL team arrived at the scene on Friday night.
Speaking to IOL, stunned patrons at a nearby restaurant said AKA had been standing outside Wish when he was gunned down.
Garrith Jamieson, a spokesperson for ALS Paramedics said Florida Road has been closed off after the shooting incident Florida Road where two people have been confirmed deceased
Jamieson said amongst the deceased was a “famous rapper”.
The identity of the second person shot dead is unknown at this stage, but he is understood to be a close friend of AKA.
According to social media posts, AKA was due to perform at a Durban night club, YUGO, where he was expected to perform as part of his birthday celebrations.
His close friend Da Les, took to social media to express shock