RIP AKA: Rapper shot and killed on Florida Road in Durban

UPDATED: Rapper Kiernan "AKA" Forbes shot and killed on Florida Road in Durban

It is believed that AKA was standing outside a popular restaurant when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

AKA was killed in a hail of bullets on close range while walking towards his vehicle on Friday evening/Image credit: East Coast Radio

Updated on Saturday the 11th of February 2023 at 10:35

South African hip-hop artist Kiernan Forbes, known as AKA, has been shot dead on Florida Road, KwaZulu-Natal.

The rumours began surfacing on social media, with Durban locals sharing images at the scene of the crime, trying to make sense of it all.

Several South African artists and celebrities have posted "broken heart" emojis, which suggested that news had filtered within inner circles.

Read more: AKA's family asks for space to deal with ‘sudden, untimely’ death

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Here's what we know so far about the incident and reactions from social media users:

AKA was due to perform at Yugo in Durban, but a post on Instagram stated that the event had been cancelled:

Watch more: East Coast Radio's live billboard performance with AKA

On the 4th of March 2019, AKA and East Coast Radio brought Umlazi to a standstill, performing live on a stage that was elevated on a billboard:

Listen to AKA's interview with Danny Guselli in December 2022, as the two chatted about the following:

  • Football (Ronaldo interview) and (World cup predictions).
  • His new song Paradise and his video.
  • The thing he misses the most about being a youngster.
  • Dial-up internet and how things are so instant these days.
  • What has TikTok done for his career?
  • The future: His new album and World tour next year.
  • 5 questions in 30 seconds.

Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, was a South African rapper. He was born on the 28th of January 1988 and was 35-years-old.

Born and raised in Cape Town, Forbes gained significance after releasing his single "Victory Lap" which was released from his debut studio album, Altar Ego.

Rest in power, SUPA MEGA.

We send our love to his family, friends, and fans. 

Thank you for your unmatchable contribution to the South African music industry, Kiernan.

Here are some of AKA's most prolific songs that touched so many of us over the years.

For the full coverage of AKA's passing, visit East Coast Radio Newswatch by clicking here.

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Main image attribution: AKA/ Instagram (@akaworldwide)

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