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Rocketta
Apr 17th, 2006, 09:10 PM
Singer Ashanti to fly cousin's body back to US

Mon Apr 17, 7:05 AM ET



International R&B singer Ashanti will escort to the United States on Monday the body of her cousin who was killed in a car crash in South Africa caused by a drunk 17-year old, a newspaper said.

The hit vocalist canceled a performance in Johannesburg on Saturday after her cousin Quinshae Snead, 20, died in an accident caused by a teenager who had stolen his mother's car and was driving drunk without a license.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minaar, told SAFM radio on Monday that the 17-year-old had been arrested and charged with drunk driving and would appear in court soon. He said a charge of culpable homicide was also being investigated.

Snead was flung from a car and run over after the teenager hit the vehicle from behind, he said.

The Star newspaper quoted concert promoter Morris Roda as saying 25-year-old Ashanti would escort the body of her cousin, with whom she was reportedly very close, back to the United States on Monday evening.

The singer is in South Africa with her parents, sister and brother. Roda could not immediately be reached for comment.

"It has been very traumatic. They are not coping at all," Roda was quoted as saying.

Snead had been backstage with Ashanti ahead of the concert, where the singer was due to perform with international songstress Lauryn Hill and local female artists. She offered to return to the family's hotel to collect some forgotten items Ashanti wanted for the concert, the Star reported.

Ashanti, whose full name is Ashanti Douglas, has worked with Jennifer Lopez and rappers Ja Rule and Fat Joe, and scored a major hit with solo single "Foolish."

Rocketta
Apr 17th, 2006, 09:12 PM
Very Sad. :tears:

skanky~skanketta
Apr 17th, 2006, 10:00 PM
poor girl. i just lost 3 cousins recently and at 3 different times and all three times to accidents, so i really feel for her.

Rocketta
Apr 17th, 2006, 10:03 PM
poor girl. i just lost 3 cousins recently and at 3 different times and all three times to accidents, so i really feel for her.

I won't be surprised if she doesn't feel partially responsible as her cousin was going back to the hotel to get something for Ashanti. :(

skanky~skanketta
Apr 17th, 2006, 10:09 PM
I won't be surprised if she doesn't feel partially responsible as her cousin was going back to the hotel to get something for Ashanti. :(tell me about it!i hope she doesnt because it's really not her fault. but it happens.