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South African rapper & fashion designer, Riky Rick Makhado has died after committing suicide at the age of 34

Written by on 23 February 2022

Rapper Riky Rick, real name Rikhado Makhado, has died at 34 years old.
Several sources confirmed to TshisaLIVE that the rapper died early on Wednesday. The cause of death has not been made public.
Riky Rick burst into mainstream fame with his platinum certified Family Values in 2015 after making a name for himself and asserting his influence in SA hip-hop culture for several years behind the scenes.
He gifted the world with hit songs including Amantombazane, Boss Zonke and Sidlukotini.
The rapper’s brand became synonymous with fashion because of his style and love for fine clothes and culture. He became an icon for all the cool kids and a light for upcoming artists who he embraced publicly.
One of his greatest achievements, in addition to his music legacy, is the establishment of Cotton Festival, which was due to make a comeback in 2022 after taking a break thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The star, who took a break from live performances a few years ago to deal with depression, told listeners of his podcast series ‘Lab alive’ that he suffered from “chronic depression” and was on a “destructive path” after losing his dad.
Riky Rick is survived by his wife Bianca Naidoo and two children.
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