Gee Six Five Died Of Covid-19 Complications
Durban, South Africa
Amapiano star Olpha Selepe, known to her fans as Gee Six Five, has succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 65.
Gee Six Five’s death comes just weeks after she stormed the amapiano music scene with her single ‘Obani Labantu,’ which translates to ‘”Who are these people?” in isiZulu.
According to a statement from her family, Selepe passed on in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Durban, where she had been self-isolating after receiving a positive Covid-19 diagnosis on Monday.
“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 #ObaniLabantu. Mthiya, Shandu kaNdaba, Sontshikazi. #RIPGeeSixFive,” wrote her niece niece, Sbu Mpungose on her Twitter wall.
Gee Six Five has been lauded for going against all odds and pursuing a music career only at a later stage in her life and many have used her story as a source of inspiration. Moreso, the retired teacher had just completed her Masters degree in Higher Education and was pursuing a PHD in the same field.
Social media has been awash with tributes for the viral star, many saying her death came too soon, as she had just kickstarted her music career and was soon to reach the height of her fame.
Government has also paid tribute to Selepe, saying she managed to put a smile on the faces of many South Africans with her music.
“We are saddened by the passing of Obani Labantu hitmaker Olpha Selepe, (Gee Six Five), who defied the odds and reminded us that music is ageless
Thank you for putting smiles on our faces and reminding us that we can still achieve what we put our minds to. #RIPGeeSixFive,” wrote the South African Government on their Twitter wall.
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