HHP’S CRY FOR HELP ENDS UP IN TRAGIC DEATH
Tributes pour in as many struggle to come to terms with the passing on of gifted rapper
He suffered from depression and attempted suicide three times
KNOWN for songs such as Tswaka and Bosso Ke Mang, HHP (38) has passed on after battling depression for a long time. The hip hop star leaves behind his wife, son and parents.
A FALLEN HERO
The passing on of the rapper, whose real name is Jabulani ‘Jabba’ Tsambo, has left many shocked.
The details of his death are not clear. In 2016, he spoke out during an online radio interview about attempting to commit suicide three times in 2015.
“I was thinking while my (life insurance) policies are still active to just go out. Fifteen minutes in the car with a hose pipe, I’m listening to Frank Ocean. An hour and a half later‚ nothing happens. I get out of the car and it’s time to take the kids to school.”
He added, “This voice came to me and said, ‘Dude‚ if you really want to die‚ you need to live. If you really want to die‚ you need to do what you’ve always wanted to do and you’ve always been scared of doing.”
END OF THE ROAD
In April, HHP shared on social media that he and Lerato Sengadi, his wife of two years, were through. He added that his infidelity was the cause of the separation. HHP and Lerato had been together for about 10 years when the news came. Lerato never confirmed nor denied the statement, and it is not clear if at the time of his death the pair were still together.
Hip hop artist, Cassper Nyovest, who has often credited HHP for his breakthrough in the music industry, thanked him for helping him when he started in the music industry. The Kuzoba Lit hit-maker went on to social media and said, “This can’t be true. No ways.”
A few weeks ago, Cassper shared one of the lessons he had learnt.
“A wise man called HHP once told me that your success isn’t measured by how successful you are but by how many people you’ve put on.”
Another hip hop artist, AKA, said, “Just heard the most terrible news ... another icon gone too soon.”
An emotional DJ Cleo shared a screen shot of the last call recorded he shared with HHP, which was eight minutes long.
He tweeted, “Had I known that this was our last conversation, I would have spoken to him for two days straight.”
Radio personality and former Idols judge, Gareth Cliff, also shared his respect for the legend. “Devastated to hear the news of HHP’s passing. His contribution to music and his beautiful personality will be missed.”
IF YOU WANT TO DIE‚ YOU NEED TO LIVE