Oti said she regretted being unable to attend an event which had been organized to raise funds to help those affected by the war in Ukraine after the sudden death of her neice
Distraught Oti Mabuse apologized to fans as she dropped out of a charity event following the sudden death of her niece.
The 31-year-old Dancing On Ice judge was left heartbroken when her relative, Tlhogi, who died at the age of 28, and who the former Strictly star described as being like a “sister”.
Oti had been due to appear at a charity event on Saturday night raising funds to help those affected by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
However, the star explained that she would not be able to attend the event in light of her family tragedy – and urged fans to make donations to the event.
She wrote via Instagram: “The things that happen in life can’t be controlled.
“Tonight’s @otimabusedancestudio and hospice of hope charity are hosting an event and the proceeds are going to help people and children in Ukraine.
“It’s been a long journey to get to this point and such a shame I can’t attend for this I send my sincerest apologies.
“I wish you still all a lovely evening you are definitely in good hands and please know that all your donations will be helping plenty in this sad time of need.”
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Oti had earlier shared her heartbreaking update about the death of her niece, writing alongside a string of photos: “How is this the last time I would hold you in my arms. I am so shattered inside I can’t even begin to describe the pain. This is not how this was supposed to go.
“We had plans together, travel the world and dance on a beach in Jamaica for my birthday I used to fetch you everyday from crèche, swimming, chess since we were 8. You were only 28 yet the kindest, sweetest human being in my life ! I’ve lost my niece, my little sister, my best friend “
The devastated star continued: “Life dealt you the harshest card but you always chose to win, you always fought to come out the other side above it all with a smile on your face.
“I love you much with all my heart and now you’re gone and I feel lost in more ways than one to a pain I’ve never felt before I’m still calling you and texting you trying to understand – how? Why?
“May you rest in peace and power my sweet Tlhogi say hi to Koko, Abuti Neo Le Malume Tshepo. I promise to take care of Sesi, Nanikie and Mpho for you x”
Oti’s 40-year-old sister, Motsi, broke her own silence about her family tragedy on Saturday.
Taking to Instagram, the Strictly Come Dancing judge wrote: “I will not be responding to any questions about the unfortunate sad news in our family.
“It is a private matter for me. Please respect my decision.”
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