Rapper Riky Rick, real name Rikhado Makhado, has died. He was 34 years old.
According to multiple sources the rapper died early Wednesday but the cause of death has not been revealed.
Riky Rick rose to fame with his family values certified platinum in 2015 after making a name for himself and asserting his influence on South African hip-hop culture behind the scenes for several years.
He gave the world hits like Amantombazane, Boss Zonke and Sidlukotini.
The rapper’s brand has become synonymous with fashion due to his style and love of beautiful clothes and culture.
He became an icon for all the cool kids and a beacon for the budding artists he publicly welcomed.
One of his greatest achievements alongside his musical legacy is the creation of the Cotton Festival, which was due to make a comeback in 2022 after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the rapper opened up about his battle with depression following his father’s passing.
Rikhado Makhado, who took a sabbatical from gigs a few years ago to deal with depression, told listeners to his LAB LIVE podcast series that he suffered from “chronic depression” and was on a “destructive path “.
“I lost my father at a time when I needed help. I lost it at a time when I needed that voice.
“Many people don’t understand that you can never replace a father’s voice.
“It wasn’t like he just died, he was 18, he lived with your dad for a year, then he came back with your mom.
“I like being with my mother but living with him for a year. A child should never live without his parents.
Riky Rick leaves behind his wife Bianca Naidoo and two children.
Fans flocked to her social media hoping the news of her death was fake.
They responded to his recent tweet, which reads, “I’ll come back a stronger man. This country is still my home.
Comments quickly piled up as people hoped those weren’t his last words.
Mzansi’s heartbroken fans have taken to their TLs to express their shock and sadness at the rapper’s untimely passing.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema joined millions of people online in paying tribute to the late Rikhado Makhado.
“We love you my man; we did not listen to your loud whisper. We thought we still had time, and unfortunately, we are now too late to intervene,” he wrote on Twitter.