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Depression continues to kill local celebrities

HHP died on Wednesday afternoon last week.
HHP died on Wednesday afternoon last week.
Image: Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi

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-year-old was also struggling with clinical depression.

Mokgapa was best known for her role as Disebo on the e.tv 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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