Reality TV star and Xitsonga musician Papa Penny, real name Eric Nkovani, is grieving the loss of his stepson, Nicolas.
According to SowetanLIVE, the 23-year-old first born son of Papa Penny’s wife, Mama Nomi, allegedly committed suicide at a train station in Soshanguve on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking to SowetanLIVE yesterday, the family has been struggling to come to terms with the passing of Papa Penny’s son.
“He woke up in the morning and he was very good. So around 3pm after taking a bath he just told the grandfather that he’s coming back [after going out]. At around 10pm, we received a call that he had not returned home. We tried calling him but his phone went onto voicemail. We tried calling his friends and they didn’t know where he was. That’s when we started to suspect something was wrong.” – Penny Penny told the publication.
The media personality further added that: “Around 11pm, the grandfather was looking through his room and found a letter with the message that ‘I’m going to kill myself at Soshanguve train station’. That’s when the grandparents called the police and they were told that it [suicide] happened around 4pm. I drove there [from Limpopo] the same night. We went to check and found that it was indeed him. Apparently, people tried to stop him.”
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#ahee Nicolas RIP we will always remember you from our reality show session 1 and session 2 as family we are so disappointed because we where still waiting to see your progress as man who can look after us even your sister and nomi and Penny Penny jr to be they’re big brother god bless your road famba kahle
According to SowetanLIVE, Nicolas will be buried in Soshanguve on Saturday. Police spokesperson Cpt Stephen Maluleka said they did not have “an inquest case opened of that nature at Rietgat police station for the past week”.
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.