AKA's Fiancee Nellie (Anele) Tembe Tragically Passes Away at 22
AKA's Fiancee Nellie (Anele) Tembe Tragically Passes Away at 22. Photo: Twitter

South African rapper AKA’s fiancée Anele (Nellie) Tembe tragically passed away in the early hours of Sunday 11 April 2021, following a fatal incident. No details have yet been given about the incident.

AKA (whose full name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes) is apparently inconsolable. The couple were engaged on 21 February 2021.

The Forbes and Tembe families released the following statement:

“It is with the deepest regret that we, the Tembe and Forbes families, confirm the untimely passing of our beloved fiancée, daughter, sister and daughter-in-law, Anele Tembe (22). Anele tragically passed on in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 11 April 2021.


“We are still in shock and are dealing with our emotions, as she was an exceptional and gifted young woman, with so much life ahead of her. She had a sweet nature about her and was always nurturing to those around her.

“Her fiancé, Kiernan Forbes, is currently inconsolable and is surrounded by family and closest friends.

“At this hour of our grief, we humbly request that our families be given privacy and time to heal.”

Update 12 April 2021: According to reports, Anele’s naked body was found after falling from the 10th floor of the Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town. Staff at the hotel have been offered counselling.

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