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Rapper AKA’s fiancée laid to rest

South African rapper, AKA’s late fiancée, Anele ‘Nellie’ Tembe, has been laid to rest on Friday. The 22-year-old died last week after falling from one of the upper floors of Cape Town’s Pepper Club Hotel.

AKA and Nellie had earlier gotten engaged in February this year. Nellie was laid to rest in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the early hours of Friday, after her body arrived in Durban on Thursday.

Speaking during the funeral, Nellie’s father, Moses Anele, cleared the air on the circumstances surrounding his daughter’s death, saying she didn’t die by suicide.

He stated that his daughter was not suffering from depression, adding that he believed her death was due to drugs and not suicide.

The letter, which he wrote, and was read out at the funeral, read, “As Anele’s father, I categorically state that Anele was neither suicidal nor did she commit suicide.

“We must, as a matter of priority, deal with the scourge that bedevils our youth — alcohol, which is overused, and drugs. Fellow South Africans, we better wake up and smell the coffee; we have a serious problem with substance abuse.

“I cannot allow an unfortunate narrative to go unchallenged; a narrative that irks me to no end … that is ‘Anele was chronically suicidal’. All I can say is until Anele turned 21, not a single member of her family, my family would have associated her with suicide.”

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