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Riky Rick Biography: Real Name, Age, Wife And Cause Of Death

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Riky Rick Biography: Real Name, Age, Music Career, Wife And Cause Of Death


Riky Rick, real name Rikhado Makhado, was a South African hip-hop artist, actor, and entrepreneur. He was one of the most influential figures in the South African rap scene, and his career spanned more than a decade.

Rikhado was one of the proprietors of Cotton Club Records and a part of the acclaimed rap group Boyz N Bucks. Sadly, he passed away at the peak of his brilliant career.

Riky Rick Age

Rikhado, also known as Boss Zonke in the hip-hop industry, was born on 20 July 1987 in KwaMashu township in the north of Durban. He died at the age of 32 last year.

Music Career Of Riky Rick

After recording sessions with Bongani Fassie, Riky released his first single, “Barbershop,” featuring Da L.ES. This was followed by “Nafukwa,” which propelled him to stardom.

Following the success of Nafukwa, he released another new single, Amantombazane. Then he remixed the same song with all-star features of Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, DJ Dimplez, Maggs, Nadia Nakai, Kid X, and OkMalumkoolKat.

His debut studio album, Family Values, was released in 2015, and it was a huge success, being certified double platinum in South Africa.

In April 2016, Makhado dropped another smash hit, titled “Sondela,” which he dedicated to his true love.

  In October 2016, the late Riky released a track entitled “Boss Zonke” reached number 3 spot on the South African Hip Hop Top Ten List. 

 A year later, he dropped his first EP, “Scooby Snacks,” which featured Frank Casinpp. Then, in September 2017, he released “Stay Shining,” which was his second EP.

Riky Rick’s Wife

Rikhado was married to the exquisite Bianca Naidoo, and the couple was blessed with two beautiful children, Daniel and Jordan Makhado.

Riky Rick

The late Rikhado with his wife and kids[ Image source: Instagram]

Riky Rick’s Cause Of Death

On 23 February 2022, Rikhado Makhado sadly took his own life, succumbing to a long-term struggle with depression brought on by difficulties in his marriage.

In September 2020, Makhado opened up about his struggles with chronic depression during an interview. His mental health had taken a toll on his life at the time, and he spoke about it in detail during his podcast, LAB LIVE.

He recalled the immense pain he felt after his father’s death when he was just 18 years old and how it sent him spiralling into a “dark place”. He implored listeners to ensure that no one should ever go through life without a parent.

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