Riky’s Rick’s friend Lesego Tlhabi took to social media to remember the music icon. Lesego and Riky became friends in high school because their mothers were friends.
“I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe I’m writing about you in past tense first of all. I just can’t believe any part of today. Our moms became friends in school so we didn’t really have a choice but to have known you is to love you.”
She shares the last conversation they had, Riky was checking up on her.
“Thank you for all the times you were there for me. Thank you for our last conversation when you called to check up on me after last year’s tough industry lesson and make sure I knew you had my back, as well as advice on how not to let it get to me.’
She describes Riky as one of the most fun and loving people she knows.
“You’re one of the most fun and funny people I knew but oh what a compassionate and kind and warm soul you were too,” she adds.
“Mate I am truly heartbroken, for your family, for myself and for you. We are here for your family and we won’t let Maik forget how awesome his dad was, the Boss Zonke. We have lost a light and it’s always going to be a bit dimmer without you MaRiky. I’ll love you for always fam,” her post read.
In her Instagram stories, she revealed that they used to play tennis at Riky’s aunt’s place almost every weekend. They even competed in table tennis championships.
Riky’s untimely passing has come as a shock to millions around the world. Speaking about his death rapper AKA said, “I’ve spoken to a lot of people, some of them said “He just got a bag from African Bank blah blah etc … “ … that tells you everything you need to know about this fucked up, fake ass algorithm world we have created for ourselves to live in.
“Riky went to Hilton, he grew up around money. I hope that very soon we can address the issue of how damaged and broken the men in this country are. We have no one to talk to, we just pat each other on the back and say, “get on with it, be strong my boi” … but in reality, we are traumatised.
“Generational trauma passed down to us. Ladies, we are not perfect by any means … but damn, we are crying out for your approval, your love and affection. Please, can we RESET and go back to FAMILY VALUES?!. Can we (myself included) start going to Church Again,” his post read in part.
Main Picture Credit: Lesego Tlhabi Instagram/@Lesego_tlhabi