Khuli said those close to the star remained hopeful that he would be able to overcome his struggles and were left shattered by his death.
“It breaks my heart because it really felt like he was picking up the pieces and it breaks my heart that he was never able to overcome that dark space he was in,” Khuli said.
“We made up, embraced and committed to always be there for each other”
Although close friends, Khuli and HHP grew apart for a while recently when hectic schedules meant they saw less and less of each other.
Khuli’s last moment with HHP was at the South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards a few weeks ago, where they embraced and spoke about hope and the future.
That was when they promised each other that no matter what happened, they would be there for each other.
“We were at the SATMAS together and I called him on his birthday. We told each other how much we loved each other and we hugged it out. We were together again and made up. We reminded each other of how important we are to each other. We committed to be more involved in each other’s lives. To be there for each other.”
Khuli said he owed a part of his career to his friend and said as a young father he was now determined to keep HHP’s memory alive in the growing generation.
“I want my children and all of Africa’s children to remember him as someone who was selfless and the most talented person I have ever met.”