Investigations into the death of AKA’s fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe are continuing as details around her death come to light.
Nelli died on Sunday at the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town after she apparently fell from the 10th floor of the hotel.
Here is what you need to know:
On Sunday morning the country woke up to the news of Nelli’s death after images of police blocking the road at the hotel circulated on social media.
Hours before the death, the couple, seen on AKA’s Insta Stories, were shopping at the Maxhosa store at the V & A Waterfront before having lunch with friends. They were then seen at Ayeyep Lifestyle club, where the rapper was performing.
Witnesses at the scene described to a local publication how they heard a scream, followed by a “loud doef” sound and then by a man shouting.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said Nelli died on the scene.
“When paramedics arrived on the scene, she had sustained polytraumatic injuries,” said Herbst.
“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.”
According to the hotel’s general manager Efi Ella, the hotel received a call at 7.30am about an “incident” involving a 22-year-old female.
“The case is under investigation. It’s a young woman, age 22 and at this stage police are investigating. We will tell you once we have more information,” said Ella.
Western Cape police spokesperson Capt FC van Wyk confirmed crime scene experts were looking for clues at the hotel.
“Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning at about 7.45am on the corners of Loop and Bloem streets in the CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” Van Wyk said.
Families ask for privacy and time to heal
AKA and Nelli’s families released a statement a joint statement and asked to be given privacy and time to heal.
“It is with deepest regret that we, the Tembe and Forbes families, confirm the untimely passing of our beloved fiancée, daughter, sister, and daughter-in-law, Anele Tembe,” read the statement.
“We are still in shock and are 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 around her. Her fiancé, Kiernan Forbes, is currently inconsolable and surrounded by family and closest friends. At this hour of our grief, we humbly request that our families be given privacy and time to heal.”
On social media, condolence messages poured in under the hashtag #RIPNelli.
Here is a snapshot of what some had to say:
Nellie looked so happy .. then boom.
If she was depressed.. you wouldn’t know.. which goes to show that you never really know what someone is dealing with.
I pray for her family,friends, AKA and everyone who was close to her. pic.twitter.com/YE0tBaDzic
— @RealRaspy Ndlovu (@RealRaspyy) April 11, 2021
— ILoveOzone4life (@asivebaby) April 11, 2021
— FELICITY (@FtshikediThaba) April 11, 2021
I don’t even wanna imagine what Kiernan is going going through right now. That one, destroys me more.
— The Iron Duke (@ScelonG) April 11, 2021
— Precious Pearl (@PreshazPearl) April 11, 2021
— Dior Dior (@DiorDio83301513) April 11, 2021
So triggered by Nellie’s death. Truth is, people are silently going through a lot. Be kind always, because everyone is fighting a battle no one knows about, and above all else, take care of your mental health.
— Empress (@Sets______) April 11, 2021
Mega my heart bleeds for you
— Ke Lerato (@Miota1) April 11, 2021
This Nellie situation makes me realize that you can lose someone you love at anytime, it’s really important to appreciate them while they’re still alive
— $ ͪ ⷶ ͧ ᷠ_ ᷜ ͤ ꙷ ᷦ (@_ShaunKeyz) April 11, 2021
People saying there’s no way Nellie could’ve committed suicide considering she was about to get married and seemed happy shows how much people don’t understand depression
— Golden Medusa (@_GoldenMedusaa) April 11, 2021
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