May his son’s soul rest in peace.

May his son’s soul rest in peace.


Suicide continues to be a silent thorn, especially in people who are struggling with depression. No family could ever be ready for a loved one that has decided to take their own life.

One such family is that of a legendary disco musician, Papa Penny Penny. The flamboyant musician is mourning the passing of his stepson, Nicholas. The 23-year-old allegedly committed suicide at a train station in Soshanguve on Thursday afternoon.

Nicholas once made a cameo appearance on Penny's hit reality show, Ahee Papa Penny, on Mzansi Magic. The family is said to have been struggling to come to terms with the passing of Nicholas, who was Penny's wife, Mama Nomi's firstborn child.

Speaking to Sowetan, Penny Penny said the following:

“He woke up in the morning and he was very good. So around 3pm after taking a bath he just told the grandfather that he’s coming back [after going out]. At around 10pm, we received a call that he had not returned home. We tried calling him but his phone went onto voicemail. We tried calling his friends and they didn’t know where he was. That’s when we started to suspect something was wrong.”

He continued to add the following:

"Around 11pm, the grandfather was looking through his room and found a letter with the message that ‘I’m going to kill myself at Soshanguve train station’. That’s when the grandparents called the police and they
were told that it [suicide] happened around 4pm. I drove there [from Limpopo] the same night. We went to check and found that it was indeed him. Apparently, people tried to stop him.”

According to the article, Penny Penny revealed that there were subtle but poignant giveaways that the late Nicholas displayed to the family.
Words such as "I am going to kill myself" were once uttered to Mama Nomi but not much thought was given to him.

Sincere condolences to Penny Penny and his family.