Ayanda Tsambo, HHP's son Leano and Zanele Tsambo, pay tribute to the late motswako rapper Jabulani Tsambo, better known as HHP, at his funeral in Mmabatho. Leano's mother and HHP's former partner, Lerato Khanye, has passed away. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Johannesburg - Barely a month after his father's death, HHP's son has been dealt another blow with the death of his mother. 

Lerato Khanye, the mother of 13-year-old Leano, passed away on Monday morning at a Johannesburg hospital, Tsambo family spokesperson Nkululeko Ncana confirmed to IOL.

"I can confirm this. She passed away this morning at a Johannesburg hospital. The family has requested privacy while they process her untimely death," Ncana said. 

Ncana did not elaborate on the cause of Khanye's death. 

Khanye's sudden death comes a month after that of her former lover, who took his own life following battle with depression. 

HHP, born Jabulani Tsambo, died on October 24 at his Johannesburg home at the age of 38.

He was buried at the Hero's Acre section of the Matlalong Cemetery in Mmabatho on November 3 following a court battle between his wife Lerato Sengadi and his family.

Sengadi had applied for an urgent interdict to halt the funeral proceedings, seeking to be recognised as the hip-hop star's rightful wife in terms of customary law.

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