South African rapper and hip-hop artist Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado, popularly known as Riky Rick, shared a cryptic tweet before his rumoured suicide on Wednesday 23 February.
LAST TWEET FROM RIKY RICK
The 34-year-old rapper shared a cryptic tweet about “returning a stronger man” and the land being his home earlier this morning before he passed on.
“I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home,” tweeted @rikyrickworld.
I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home.
— MR MAKHADO (@rikyrickworld) February 23, 2022
The tweet appears to be inspired by lyrics from his song Home. Take a look…
The harvest blown again this year
But I’ll return a stronger man
I’ll return to me my homeland
No grave shall hold my body down
This land is still my, my home
FAMILY CONFIRMS PASSING OF RIKY RICK
Hours after the tweet and rumours of his suicide on social media, his family confirmed the rapper’s death. The family later released an official statement about Riky Rick’s passing.
“Son, husband, father, brother and uncle, Riky ‘Ricky’ Makhado (34) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (23rd February) in Johannesburg,” read the statement by the family.
“Affectionately known as Riky Rick across the globe, he was deeply loved by his family, friends and the entire entertainment industry. His love for family, friends, and community is well known. Riky’s nurturing and developing of young musical talent is well documented and will forever be remembered,” the statement continued.
RIP: Riky Rick
The multi-award winning musician has passed.
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) February 23, 2022