Nelli died on Sunday after apparently falling from the 10th floor of the five-star Pepperclub Hotel in central Cape Town. The 22-year-old’s death was confirmed by the Tembe and Forbes families through a statement, saying they were shocked.
Just hours before Nelli’s death, the pair spent a relaxed day in the Mother City.
Documented on AKA’s Instagram Stories, the pair went shopping at Laduma Ngxokolo’s store. When asked what she was doing in the store by AKA, Nelli said she was “just shopping”, and gave off her signature laugh.
She later showed off a pair of MaXhosa Africa sunglasses by the designer.
After the shopping trip, the pair joined some of AKA’s friends for lunch.
AKA joked about offering tours of the city, which got the thumbs up from Nelli.
In the evening, AKA performed at Ayepyep Lifestyle in the city, before heading back to the hotel.
A final picture on his Stories shows Nelli in the hotel room, wearing black shorts and a white top. Her hand is over her face as she looks away from the camera.
Exact details around Nelli’s death are unknown at the moment but witnesses at the hotel described hearing a scream on Sunday morning, followed by a “loud doef” sound. They said they had also heard a man shouting.
Paramedics said they had been dispatched to the scene after being told a young woman “fell” to her death.
“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.
Nelli and AKA’s families issued a joint statement, confirming her death, and said the rapper “is now inconsolable and is surrounded by family and [his] closest friends”.
The couple were engaged in February and AKA reportedly met with Nelli’s family a few weeks ago to start lobola negotiations.
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