The Makhado family have confirmed the death of South African rapper Riky Rick in an official statement to the press.

Riky – real name Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado – died on Wednesday at age 34.

“Son, husband, father, brother and uncle, Riky ‘Ricky’ Makhado (34) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (23rd February) in Johannesburg,” said a statement released on behalf of the family.

“Affectionately known as Riky Rick across the globe, he was deeply loved by his family, friends and the entire entertainment industry.

His love for family, friends, and community is well known. Riky’s nurturing and developing of young musical talent is well documented and will forever be remembered,” the statement continues.

He leaves behind his wife, two children, mother, and five siblings.

The Makhado family have requested privacy during the difficult time.

Details of the funeral and memorial will be confirmed in due course.