Gqeberha Hip-Hop legend and one half of the rap duo Terrible Twinz, Junant Petersen, has died due to COVID-19 complications.
Petersen, who was well-known for his Afrikaans music, formed part of the duo with his twin brother, Jacques Petersen.
The news of his passing was confirmed by community leader and close friend of Petersen, Branton Jonas.
Jonas mentioned that there have been previous rumours about Petersen's passing but that the news is not fake this time around.
“I can confirm that Junant Petersen passed away this morning (August 10) where he resided in Cape Town,” Jonas told PE Express telephonically.
“I still spoke to him yesterday and he wasn’t doing well. This morning I called again and when he didn’t answer the phone, I called his girlfriend, who confirmed that passed away sometime between 10:00 and 11:00,” Jonas said.
Peterson announced on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on August 4. Yesterday, August 9, Peterson asked people to pray for him as he was short of breath and couldn’t eat or even sit up straight. He also added that COVID is real and that everyone should keep safe.
“It is a huge shock. We grew up together and were very close. This is a huge loss for the Afrikaans Hip-Hop industry but also for his family and friends. This is also very hectic for Jacques since Junant was his twin. It really is just so sad,” Jonas said.
“His life had a lot of challenges, but he was a good person. He moved to Cape Town specifically to work on new collaborations. He even recently sent me the rough draft of his biography that was to be published soon,” he added.
Jonas mentioned that the family is currently busy with funeral arrangements and that Peterson will be buried in Gqeberha.
Details of a memorial service will be communicated soon.