South African rapper AKA's fiancée Anele Tembe dies after falling off a five-star hotel building.

by Helvine Achieng
April 12, 2021

Popular South African rapper Kiernan Forbes, popularly known to his fans as AKA, is in mourning following his fiancée Anele 'Nellie' Tembe's death. Anele is said to have died on Sunday, April 11, after falling from the Pepperclub Hotel's balcony located in the Central business district of Cape Town.

According to trusted sources, the 22-year-old fell from the 10th floor sustaining severe injuries, and their efforts to save her bore no fruits, and she was pronounced dead shortly after.

"Paramedics arrived to resuscitate her, but she had extensive injuries. When stabilizing the individual, her condition rapidly deteriorated and was sadly declared dead at the scene," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst.

Anele and Forbes' families issued a joint statement shortly after to confirm the news of their kin's untimely demise.

"It is with 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, April 11 2021: read part of the statement.

They described Anele as an exceptional, gifted young woman who had so much going on for her.


"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 the closest friends. At this hour of our grief, we humbly request that our families be given privacy and time to heal."

AKA is said to be in an inconsolable state following the incident as close family members help him cope with the situation.

The 22-year-old reportedly died following an incident at the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, where she allegedly jumped from the hotel's tenth floor. Her family released a statement confirming her death, referring to her as an exceptional young woman.

Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol who has interacted with AKA a couple of times, stood by AKA and Nellie's family in a condolence message saying,

"Our hearts and prayers go out to @akaworldwide and Nellie's family during this period. May God grant them strength and comfort. 🙏🏿 💔"

The two had only been engaged for a month after dating for over a year.