As AKA tries to come to terms with the death of his fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe, a video of the rapper singing a song for his bae at an event was shared widely on social media in tribute to their love.
Nelli died on Sunday after apparently falling from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town.
The video, captured by TshisaLIVE in November last year, shows AKA singing lyrics from his song for Nelli, Finessin'.
“Number one priority is find myself a queen,” he can be heard rapping with a clear smile on his face.
The song goes on to include a promise that he would give his heart to Nelli if she treated him “like a king”.
The video has been viewed more than 2,000 times since it was posted. AKA also dedicated his hit song Cross My Heart to Nelli.
That song includes the words “I can't get you out my mind … Every time we say goodbye. I wish that I held you more. Inside. Harder, Better. Faster, Stronger. Absence makes my heart grow fonder”.
On Sunday afternoon, Nelli and AKA's families issued a joint statement confirming her death.
“We are still in shock and 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 and was always nurturing to those about her.”
The statement said AKA “is now inconsolable and is surrounded by family and [his] closest friends”.
Police have confirmed the incident was under investigation.
Tembe’s death comes just months after she got engaged to AKA. The couple got engaged earlier this year, and AKA met Nelli's family for lobola negotiations a few weeks ago.
She allegedly had a history of depression and had attempted to take her own life at some stage, however this is yet to be confirmed.
According to Sunday World, Nellie was “suffering from depression".
The newspaper referred to an incident in November last year when it says a video of Nellie circulated showing her attempting to jump off a Hilton Hotel.
“AKA has been reportedly helping her to deal with depression and even got her into counselling,”
“Depression is real. I watched her stories she seemed very happy and there’re too cute together,” said the source.
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Paramedics said they had been dispatched to the scene after being told a young woman “fell” to her death.
“Reports from the scene indicate that a 22-year-old female had allegedly jumped from the tenth floor, landing on the road below. She was in a critical condition and they started a full life-support resuscitation. Unfortunately her injuries were too severe and she was declared deceased,” said Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst.
“Medics assessed the patient who had sustained critical injuries and was treated on scene by an advanced life support paramedic. While stabilising the patient her condition rapidly deteriorated and she was sadly declared deceased on the scene,” Herbst said.