HHP’s family request privacy following his death: Video. His family, friends and fans are still reeling from the news. HHP struggled with depression for a number of years.
The friend said: “It was the depression that took him.” His publicist and wife, Lerato Sengadi, initially confirmed the sad news of the performer’s passing to Tshisa Live on Wednesday, though the details were not yet clear.
Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known as HHP (Hip Hop Panstula) or Jabba, was born in Mafikeng in the North West Province on 14 September 1980, later moving to Pretoria, Gauteng where he completed his schooling at St Alban’s College.
A Mostwako MC, he was well versed in many local languages, but mainly rapped in Setswana. The star displayed a love for music from a young age, teaming up with his high school friends to start the group Verbal Assassins as a teenager. With the help of Chicco Twala they created their debut album Party before disbanding in 1997.
The performer’s wife and friends confirmed the tragic news of his death on Wednesday.
The Citizen contacted one of his closest friends on Wednesday afternoon and his friend confirmed the cause of death is suspected to be suicide. The family of veteran hip-hop artist Jabulani Tsambo have asked for privacy during their time of mourning. The rapper, known for spitting bars in Setswana passed away on 24 October.