This Friday morning a special tribute celebration was held for fallen Hip Hop legend Riky Rick in Johannesburg.
Big names in the entertainment industry including Sizwe Dhlomo, Black Coffee, and Cassper Nyovest spoke at the farewell.
During Sizwe Dhlomo’s speech, which is trending on social media, he spoke profoundly about the type of person Riky was.
“That one thing I did notice though was he had genuine spirit. And so, I figured that’s part of the reason why him and L.E.S got along. If you know L.E.S, you’ll know what I mean cause he embodies a spirit that is very rare in this business. That spirit is the reason why I’m standing here today.
He describes Riky as an imperfect man trying to do better.
“I feel compelled and a sense of duty to try and contextualize a man that so many knew but so few understood. I’m here to honour Rikhado Makhado an imperfect man who was constantly trying to do better.
“Riky was always either offering guidance or seeking it. I’m not the sort of person to share conversations I had with people but what I can tell you is that the last few times when I spoke to Riky was that he felt we should help. That’s the kind of a man that he was.”
Sizwe further stated that we’ll never know why Riky did what he did but If you were a confidant of the late rapper then you’ll know that these were thoughts that he battled with daily.
“The news of his passing came as a shock to many of us. It was tragic and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. I can’t tell you why he did what he did. We’ll probably never understand it but what I can tell you is that if you were fortunate enough to have been a confidance of Riky then you’ll know that these were thoughts that he lived with daily.
“Not because he didn’t love his life and not because he didn’t love his wife, not because he didn’t love his family. He loved them dearly and I’m sure as you might have heard on Tuesday, they loved him too,” he shared.
He adds that Riky probably managed to hold on because of his family. He thanked his family for sharing such an amazing soul with us.
“The truth is, Riky was probably able to hold on for too long because of his family, despite having been plagued by personal demons from a young age.
“On Tuesday, at the funeral his family thanked him for sharing his gift with them. Today, at his memorial I’d like to thank his family for sharing him with us,” said Sizwe.
Main Image Credit: Sizwe Dhlomo Instagram Account
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