De­pres­sion con­tin­ues to kill lo­cal celebri­ties

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele

The year 2018 has robbed South Africa of many young and ta­lented stars, from mu­si­cians, ac­tors and aca­demics.

Most tragic is that these per­son­al­i­ties who had bat­tled se­ri­ous de­pres­sion left their fam­i­lies, fans and the pub­lic bereft and shocked af­ter they com­mit­ted sui­cide. The SA mu­sic in­dus­try has once again low­ered its flag this week, as they mourn the pass­ing of hip-hop leg­end Jab­u­lani Tsambo, bet­ter known as HHP in the mu­sic cir­cles, af­ter he al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide at his house on Wed­nes­day.

It is said the 38-year-old rap­per’s last words were: “I’m de­pressed. I’m go­ing out of con­trol. I’m los­ing it." HHP died at the time he had just re­leased his EP Feels Good To Be

Back through Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic two weeks ago, and was on a pro­mo­tional ra­dio tour.

This tragic in­ci­dent hap­pens when the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is still mourn­ing the pass­ing of award-win­ning ac­tress Shoki Mok­gapa, who also com­mit­ted sui­cide last month. The 34-yearold was also strug­gling with clin­i­cal de­pres­sion.

Mok­gapa was best known for her role as Disebo on the soapie Ashes to Ashes. She made her tele­vi­sion de­but in the sec­ond sea­son of the SABC3 drama se­ries

The Lab in 2008, play­ing the role of Pearl Lusipho’s per­sonal as­sis­tant Tumi and con­tin­ued to play the role in Sea­son 3, from Jan­uary to April, 2009. She had roles on other tele­vi­sion dra­mas in­clud­ing lo­cal shows like In­ter­sex­ions.

In Au­gust, SA woke up to shock­ing news that the Rhodes Univer­sity stu­dent Khen­sani Maseko, who was al­legedly raped by her boyfriend, com­mit­ted sui­cide. In the same month, Univer­sity of Cape Town lost its Dean of Health Sci­ences, Pro­fes­sor Bon­gani Mayosi. He also com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter he strug­gled with de­pres­sion. We also re­mem­ber Motswed­ing FM’s DJ Lara Kruger, born Thapelo Le­hu­leri, who died in Jan­uary af­ter she com­mit­ted sui­cide when the de­pres­sion de­mon led her into a dark hole.

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