Tuesday, April 18, 2006

CONCERT CANCELLED IN JOHANNESBURG

Ashanti mourns cousin after crash.
Ashanti
Ashanti cancelled a performance in Johannesburg after the accident

A cousin of American R&B star Ashanti has been killed in a car crash in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Quinshae Snead, 20, worked as Ashanti's personal assistant and the pair were reportedly close and lived together.

Ashanti had been due to perform in the city on Saturday but her appearance was cancelled after the accident.

Ms Snead was on her way to a hotel to collect items for her cousin before the concert when a speeding car hit the back of her vehicle, police said.

Arrest

Ms Snead was thrown out of the car, which rolled over into the path of another car in the opposite lane.

A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Ms Snead was credited as Ashanti's personal assistant on the singer's most recent album Concrete Rose.

Ashanti has sold six million albums, won a Grammy Award for her self-titled debut in 2002, and has appeared in films including Coach Carter and John Tucker Must Die.

BBC NEWS REPORT.

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