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65 year old Amapiano star, Gee Six Five dies after contracting Covid-19

South Africa’s new fast rising 65-year-old Amapiano star, Olpha ‘Gee Six Five’ Selepe has died. On Monday the academic and musician was diagnosed as having contracted the COVID-19 virus.

She dies just weeks after finding fame in the music industry with her hit single, Obani Labantu. Her niece Sbu Mpungose confirmed the sad news in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as Gee Six Five is no more. She displayed leadership throughout her life, was the epitome of fearlessness and inspired many with her single Obani Labantu. Mthuya, Shandu kaNdaba, Sontshikazi RIP Gee Six Five,” read the statement.

Olpha Selepe a.ka Gee Six Five
Olpha Selepe a.ka Gee Six Five

Other media houses have confirmed that she died after contracting Covid-19. However the family has not confirmed this to be true.

Gee Six five found her fame in November when she released her debut single which quickly became a internet sensation.

The song reached top of the charts on South Africa digital platforms including iTunes.

Olpha Selepe a.ka Gee Six Five
Olpha Selepe a.ka Gee Six Five

Speaking about her newfound fame she said she wanted to spread a message about jealousy and that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

“When I composed this song, I wanted to address a question that people are always thinking: ‘Who are these people talking about me?’ You know, who are these jealous people, who are these people laughing at me? So I wanted to send a mess,” said Gee Six Five.

Fans have poured out their hearts paying tribute to the late rising star. Famous faces including Duduzane Zuma have also paid tribute to the musician.

Details about her funeral have not been revealed yet.