[RIP]: SA Rapper Riky Rick Has Died Aged 34

South African popular rapper Riky Rick, real name Rikhado Muziwendlovu Chifaro Makhado has passed away at the age of 34. The much loved artist took his own life after a battle with chronic depression.

In a public statement, the rapper’s family confirmed he died early on Wednesday.

“The family of South African artist Riky Rick with profound sadness this afternoon confirmed his untimely passing. Son, husband, father, brother and uncle, Riky ‘Ricky’ Makhado (34) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (February 23) in Johannesburg.”

Riky previously opened up to listeners of his LAB LIVE podcast about his battle with depression revealing that he suffered from chronic depress and was on a “destructive path” after the death of his father.

“I lost my father at a time when I needed the help. I lost him at a time when I needed that voice. A lot of people don’t understand that you can never replace the voice of a father. It wasn’t like he just died, it was like 18 years, living with your dad for a year, and then going back to your mom. I love being with my mom but living with him for a year. A child is never meant to live without his parents.”

Riky leaves behind his wife Bianca, two children and not to mention a legion of fans who have since been saddened by his passing.

Riky bid this world farewell with his last tweet:

“I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home.”


Our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans worldwide.

Image: Instagram/@rikyrickworld

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