Olpha Selepe, known as Gee Six Five, proved that “age is just a number” by shooting to fame with her amapiano single Obani Labantu.
But the hit has proved to be the final achievement of the 65-year-old ex-teacher who had insisted that age didn’t matter. Her life has been cut short by Covid-19.
Olpha’s family announced on Wednesday morning that she had passed away.
A media statement sent by the family said the star, who originally came from Newcastle in KZN, died in Durban where she had been self-isolating under the watch of her family after a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 on Monday.
Olpha wasn’t planning on staying in the industry for a long time.
Through the song she wanted to prove that people must not stop following their dreams just because they feel they are too old for them.
Gee Six Five said she decided on the name because she wanted people to remember that she followed her dream at the age of 65.
Gee Six Five completed a Master’s degree at the age of 63 and she was doing a PhD in Higher Education at the University of KZN.
In her last interview she told Trending SA when she wrote her single, she wanted to address the jealousy issue most people have against each other.
“I wanted to address the question that people were always talking about each other,” she said.
“Who are these jealous people who are always laughing at me? I wanted to send a message to them.”
Many social media users praised her braveness in following her dreams even at her age after her single spread like wildfire and trended on the internet. Social media users even declare her single a December hit.
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