Ashanti cancelled her first-ever South Africa concert over the weekend after a drunken teen driver killed her 20-year-old cousin, the Associated Press reports.
Police said that Quinshae Snead was en route to Ashanti’s hotel on an errand for the R&B singer before Saturday’s concert when the car she was riding in was rear-ended. The vehicle rolled over, throwing Snead into the path of an oncoming car.
The accident was caused by a 17-year-old unlicensed driver who had stolen his mother’s car, said Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar. “He was also under the influence of liquor,” Minnaar told the South African Press Association.
The teen was arrested for drunk driving and hospitalized. The driver of the car with Snead also was injured and taken to the hospital.
Concert promoter Morris Roda told the South African press that Ashanti, 25 (real name: Ashanti Douglas) cried for most of Sunday. Reports on Monday morning say that the singer will escort Snead’s body back home to the U.S.