The death of radio personality and socialite Lara Kruger has left her fans and friends in shock. The flamboyant Motsweding FM DJ died on Wednesday, her management confirmed, however the details surrounding her death have not been released. She was hospitalised twice in one week for depression in the days leading up to her death.
Kruger, who was 30 years old, was born Thapelo Lehuleri, a man, however she identified as a woman and become a well known transgender figure in the LGBTI community.
Media personality Somizi Mhlonga also gave some insight into Kruger's state of mind when he post a heartfelt message about his friendship with her on Instagram.
He said, "Kanti this wud be our last drink. And our last chat. She was really not happy where she was. I tried my best to be lend an ear and to be the shoulder to cry on. Depression is real ppl. I will sleep at night knowing she knew she cud lean on me. But no one will ever understand her position and pain. We shall not judge. Tomorrow is not promised. Damn u had a potential my boere meisie. Will def miss u and our video chats. Lala gurl @misslarakruger"
Leading up to her death, she posted the following message on her social media:
"I cannot explain to you how much I HATE Mafikeng. I don’t even see myself coming back here. I came here to collect a depression and death ticket. I have never been this sick. I came here 2016 and it has not been worth it. Not even for a second. I am not going to be a victim to people who have been territorial and who where masks everytime they see me and dish me with crocodile smiles. It surely feels like I have taken 10 steps back in my life. One thing is for sure. Fa!!!! Ga ke boele. Ke sharp shem."
She went on to speak about her funeral and that it would be a 3 hour long ceremony.
"Today I am going home to love, care and peace of mind. Don’t stay in a situation that compromises you well being. I stayed for way too long. With my condition right now I may die and if I do... Wear white at my funeral and please be advised it will be a 3 hour ceremony. Sweet & short. We should death it’s a way to connecting with God."