Griefly: How AKA is doing following his fiancée’s death
As he grapples to return to terms with “losing the love of his life”, rapper AKA is claimed to be seeking comfort within the arms of loved ones and is in grief counselling. The rapper’s fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe died on Sunday after apparently falling from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town. On Tuesday, AKA’s publicist Phumza Nohashe told an area publication AKA was “doing also as are often expected under the circumstances”. “He lost the love of his life, someone he had taken advanced steps, culturally, to spend the remainder of his life with,” she said. The couple were engaged in February and AKA apparently met with Nelli’s family a couple of weeks ago to start out lobola negotiations. Phumza said the star was “still trying to form sense of it all” and has his mother Lynne and father Tony by his side. “The love and support of Anele’s family and a grief counsellor have also been some relief to him,” she said. Nelli and AKA’s families confirmed her death through a press release, which also said the rapper was “inconsolable” and surrounded by close friends and family. Exact details around Nelli’s death are unknown at the instant but witnesses at the hotel described hearing a scream on Sunday morning, followed by a “loud doef” sound. They said that they had also heard a person shouting. Police have confirmed the incident is under investigation. Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics arrived on the scene and located a 22-year-old female who had allegedly jumped from the 10th floor, landing on the road below. He confirmed the lady was found naked by the primary responders which she was during a critical condition. “When paramedics arrived on the scene, she had sustained polytraumatic injuries. She was during a critical condition and that they started a full life-support resuscitation. Unfortunately, her injuries were too severe and she or he was declared deceased,” he said. The Tembe family has yet to verify memorial and funeral details for later in the week.