Celebs Share Heartbroken Reactions to News of Riky Rick's Passing, SA Condemns Cyberbullying

Celebs Share Heartbroken Reactions to News of Riky Rick's Passing, SA Condemns Cyberbullying

  • The South African hip hop industry woke up to the devastating news of the untimely passing of Riky Rick.
  • Various reports indicate that the Boss Zonke hitmaker committed suicide at his home after a long battle with depression
  • Tributes have been pouring in from both fans and industry colleagues including Pearl Thusi, DJ Maphorisa, Lasizwe and Uncle Vinny
  • Social media users have also castigated those who promote cyberbullying especially on platforms such as Twitter

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The sad news of rapper Riky Rick's passing hit Mzansi like an atomic bomb. The I can't believe it rapper reportedly committed suicide following a long battle with depression.

Riky Rick, Pearl Thusi, Lasizwe, DJ Maphorisa, Uncle Vinny
Pearl Thusi, Uncle Vinny, Lasizwe and others have taken to social media to pay tributes to Riky Rick. Image: Oupa Bopape/Gall Images and Jabulani Langa/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images
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Social media has been abuzz with tributes following the announcement of Riky's death. Celebrities and industry colleagues have also expressed shock over the incident.

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Taking to Twitter Pearl Thusi shared several broken hearts and crying emojis and expressed that she wished everything was not true.

"Wtf is going on?

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Can this please not be true? "

Uncle Vinny also took to the micro-blogging application to say that he wished everything was a dream. He wrote:


Socialite Thulasizwe described the rapper as the nicest and coolest person.

He said: "The nicest and coolest person I have ever met. I am not okay."

Celebrities are not the only ones who are at loss following Riky Rick's death. Fans also flooded social media with tributes for the SAMA nominated star.

@Im_Pacho wrote:

"RIP Ricky Rick leader of the culture fashion icon strength to the family, friends and fans you touched so many lives the marathon continues."

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Mzansi peeps have also taken this opportunity to blast those who perpetrate and support hate speech and cyberbullying on social media.

@Noxza_dube wrote:

"If we are serious about Cyber Bullying we should drag Chris Excel to Cassper Nyovest to go and apologize about the Andile Mpisane, Child and Baby mama nonsense. We have all supported his nonsense, I will apologise for my part too in bullying Cassper. #RIPRikyRick"

ProKid’s younger brother DJ Citi Lyts brutally murdered in an armed robbery in Soweto

In more news about celebrities' deaths, Briefly News reported that ProKid's young brother DJ Citi was reportedly shot dead by a gang of armed robbers in Soweto in the early hours of Monday, February 14.

Sources who are privy to the incident told news publications that Citi Lyts was closing his joint in Dube Soweto when unidentified armed men in a silver VW Polo pounced on him, took his cash and shot him eight times.

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SAPS confirmed the incident saying that no arrests have been made yet. According to Gauteng Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo, Citi Lyts was pronounced dead by paramedics who were first to arrive at the scene. He said:

"Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for suspects after a musician was shot dead in Dube, Soweto, in the early hours of Monday, February 14, 2022.

Source: Briefly News

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