Gqom sensation Nkosingiphile Olpha Selepe’s passing affectionately known as Gee Six Five, is still a hard pill to swallow for many South Africans, who woke up to the sudden news of her passing this morning.
The #RIPGeeSixFive has been dominated the Twitter trends list and news of her passing has sent shockwaves across social media platforms and with messages of condolences pouring in.
The musician shot fame last month, after releasing her smash hit Obani Lababantu, which is currently a hit selling song in the country. The song trended on Twitter after its release and many people have been streaming it. Gee Six Five recently performed the song live on SABC 1’s show Mzansi Insider.
News of her passing was confirmed by Sbu Mpungose, who’s also a magazine editor. “My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as #GeeSixFive is no more. She displayed leadership throughout her life, was the epitome of fearlessness & inspired many with her single #ObaniLababantu. Mthiya, Shandu kaNdaba, Sontshikazi,” she wrote on Twitter.
In a statement released by her family, they have revealed that the musician passed away after receiving a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 on Monday. The musician had been isolating at home but sadly she passed on in the early hours of this morning.
“Mrs. Selepe passed away today in Durban where she had been self-isolating under the watch of her family after receiving a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 on Monday,” reads the statement.
Celebrities including Boity Thulo have reacted to the news of her passing. Boity wrote on Twitter, “No ways!!!! This is so heartbreaking! Yoh! She truly was an inspiration to many! May her soul rest in eternal peace!”
“Death be not proud. This is a shocking and painful development. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3” My deepest condolences to the family, friends and work colleagues. I will keep you in my prayers,” Mmusi Maimane
“No ways! Our hitmaker is no longer! Thank you for reminding us GeeSixFive that no matter how old you are, your dreams are definitely still valid. Rest Easy Gogo. #RIPGeeSixFive” wrote Lasizwe.
May her soul rest in peace.