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Monday, 15 April 2024 17:54

AKA's family finds timing of When Love Kills as 'distasteful and opportunistic.'

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

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Late rapper Kiernan "AKA" Forbes' parents revealed that they are not associated with author Melinda Ferguson's book, When Love Kills - The Tragic Tale of AKA and Anele.

The book describes "the devastating story of the hip-hop hero whose highly public life unravelled after Anele [AKA's girlfriend who died a year before his death] plummeted to her death.

Details would soon emerge that showed the couple had been caught up in a whirlwind of obsession, substance abuse and violence".

In May 2021, AKA had a tell-all interview with Thembekile Mrototo at his Joburg home where he opened up about his "tumultuous" relationship with Anele and the events leading up to her tragic death.

He denied pushing his fiancé off the balcony.

"I left the room but went back because I had taken her phone and we argued and then Anele had kind of threatened to kill herself, to jump off the balcony," said AKA at the time.

In a joined statement on Monday afternoon, Tony and Lynn Forbes distanced themselves from the book, expressing their anger and disapproval.

"We are not in any way associated with Melinda Ferguson's book and we do not endorse it. In the same breath, we distance ourselves from the contents of the book," the statement read.

"When Melinda reached out to us, we respectfully and rightfully declined to contribute to her book. 

"At this stage we cannot give any further comment on the book as we are unaware of its contents. We do, however, find the intended publication of the book and the timing distasteful and opportunistic."

An award-winning journalist, Ferguson's other books include Oscar – An Accident Waiting to Happen, The Kelly Khumalo Story, Smacked, Hooked and Crashed.

In a lengthy Facebook post at the weekend, Ferguson said she was not expecting such overwhelming response from the public after the book was announced late last week.

"I wrote this book in an attempt to try to understand a story about two people who fell down a rabbit hole of toxic love. Something kept driving me to keep "on in search of some kind of truth about what happened and why they were now both dead, she wrote. 

"I have been through my own kind of hell in my life as an addict and as someone who has embarked on dangerous and obsessive relationships. Their story spoke to me. It broke my heart," Ferguson said.

Meanwhile Businessman Moses Tembe has denied contributing to Ferguson's book.

"The Tembe family did not commission the writing of the book and did not contribute to it in any way. The book is therefore Ferguson's own view based on her own research, Tembe said."

"We still feeling so much pain, we still feeling so much anguish over the passing of our daughter, Anele... Our hearts remain shattered into pieces, "he said.