South Africans are mourning the tragic loss of amapiano artists Killer Kau and Mpura on August 9.
According to reports, the two were involved in a car accident on their way to Rustenburg for a gig.
The details surrounding what caused the accident are still unknown.
Fellow amapiono star, Dudu Ngwenya, aka Lady Du, broke the devastating news to the public when she paid tribute to the duo on her Instagram page.
However, Lady Du has received backlash on social media for posting her RIP post before the families had released their official statements.
Lady Du deleted her post after people asked her to respect the families. But in a later post, Lady Du shared an emotional tribute to her late “brothers”, also reminding her followers that celebrities are human and they hurt just like anyone else.
Initial reports had falsely claimed amapiano star, Kabza De Small had also perished in the accident as he was with Killer Kau and Mpura the night they passed away.
Kabza De Small has however taken to his Twitter account to confirm he was safe and sound writing, “am alive guys, relax”.
The passing away of Killer Kau and Mpura comes as a huge blow to the entertainment industry as the industry recently mourned the death of Shona Ferguson.
Who Were Killer Kau and Mpura?
Killer Kau’s real name is Sakhile Hlatshwayo. The Soweto-born singer’s rise to fame came about as a result of video he posted of his song on Twitter which went viral. DJ Euphonik picked it up, tracked him down and collaborated with him for the hit single, Tholukuthi Hey.
At the time, Killer Kau was in Grade11 at Lavela Secondary School in Zola, Soweto.
This single hit brought him to the limelight, releasing three albums, After School, Game Changer and Tom & Jerry.
Mpura was most famous as the voice behind amapiano hit, Umsebenzi Wethu.
Among his other hits were Ha Omarata, Ngwana Mani, Fudumeza Amanzi, and iDlozi.
How Fans Have Reacted
Condolences have started pouring in from South Africans. Social media has been awash with moving tributes to Killer Kau and Mpura. Fellow artists and other local stars have been expressing their shock and sadness over the news.
Some artists that took to social medie to pay their tributes include Ricky Rick, Casper Nyovest, DJ Sbu and Khuli Chana just to mention a few.
Here is what they had to say:
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Just woke up to the sad news of their passing. Deepest condolences to their family, friends, loved ones & dear fans. Lalani ngoxolo young Kings??
— #djsbu (@djsbu) August 10, 2021
Got to see him perform for the first time at Focalistic’s birthday he performed straight after me and I loved his energy on stage
— KhuliYano (@KhuliChana) August 9, 2021