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Tributes pour in for Riky Rick



The Makhado family has since requested time to deal with the family loss.

“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.”

It remains unclear how the multi-award winning superstar died while Mzansi was reeling in shock over his death.

In a last tweet on Wednesday morning at 03:20, Riky wrote: “I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home.”

In an interview in 2020 Riky said that he was suffering from “chronic depression” and found himself on a “destructive path” following the death of his father.

“I was the type of person with a lot of symptoms of personal trouble,” he said to Slikour in a 2015 interview about his experience in therapy, after battling addiction.

Riky’s death follows that of yet another entertainer, Nomakula Kuli Roberts who died on Wednesday February 9 after she collapsed while getting ready to do a live crossover.

“She just collapsed and never woke up,” an unnamed friend told a local publication. The late Kuli was 49.

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