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

Move! - - FRONT PAGE - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

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.

FAREWELL MES­SAGES

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

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