Oti Mabuse & # 39; s biggest heartache of the biggest dancer: her brother Neo committed suicide at the age of 18

The biggest dancer Oti Mabuse's secret heartbreak was revealed, while it was revealed that her brother Neo tragically committed suicide at the age of 18

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The Greatest Dancer mentor Oti Mabuse's secret heartache has been revealed after a tragic disclosure that her half-brother Neo took his own life while growing up in South Africa.

Strictly & # 39; s Oti (28) was just a little girl at the time of her brother's death when her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela was released from prison in 1990.

Motsi, 37, who is also a dancer and played with Let & # 39; s Dance, revealed the heartbreaking details of their family tragedy in her book Chili in the Blood: My Dance Through Life published in Germany.

Family tragedy: The Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse's secret heartbreak revealed as it was revealed that her brother Neo committed suicide at the age of 18 (Pictured: Oti, December 2018)

Family tragedy: The Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse's secret heartbreak revealed as it was revealed that her brother Neo committed suicide at the age of 18 (Pictured: Oti, December 2018)

& # 39; He committed suicide with a poison. And because people in Africa are very religious and superstitious, something bad has happened in our neighborhood, "she wrote.

Neo – who was born to mother Dudu and had another father for his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo – committed suicide at the age of 18.

The dance professional remembered the ghost time when her family was shunned by their neighbors in South Africa, who believed that Neo & # 39; s death was a bad omen.

So sad: Strictly & # 39; s Oti, 28, was just a little girl at the time of her brother's death when her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela was released from prison in 1990

So sad: Strictly & # 39; s Oti, 28, was just a little girl at the time of her brother's death when her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela was released from prison in 1990

So sad: Strictly & # 39; s Oti, 28, was just a little girl at the time of her brother's death when her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela was released from prison in 1990

She explained: "With the suicide of Neo our family was seen as a home where there was a negative energy. Because of this rumor no one came to us anymore, because people feared that bad energy was applied to the visitor. & # 39;

Motsi told how she thinks her brother found it difficult to adjust when the family's situation changed for the better after growing up in poorer conditions.

She added: "Neo had witnessed the emergence of my parents. He still remembered the stuffy life, which was more of a story to our younger brothers and sisters than a really experienced reality. & # 39;

Strong family unit: Neo - born as mother of Dudu and had a different father than his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo (pictured together, Oti on the right) - committed suicide at the age of 18

Strong family unit: Neo - born as mother of Dudu and had a different father than his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo (pictured together, Oti on the right) - committed suicide at the age of 18

Strong family unit: Neo – born as mother of Dudu and had a different father than his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo (pictured together, Oti on the right) – committed suicide at the age of 18

The book – in which her life story is described – is published in Germany, where she shines on the show Let & # 39; s Dance.

MailOnline contacted representatives of Oti Mabuse for further comments.

Oti went back to our screens Saturday night as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer, alongside Matthew Morrison of Cheryl and Glee.

Good to be back! Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer along with Cheryl and Glee & # 39; s Matthew Morrison

Good to be back! Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer along with Cheryl and Glee & # 39; s Matthew Morrison

Good to be back! Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer along with Cheryl and Glee & # 39; s Matthew Morrison

Finding awareness: the South African siren has become known as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has always been there

Finding awareness: the South African siren has become known as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has always been there

Finding awareness: the South African siren has become known as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has always been there

The South African siren has become known as a professional dancer on BBC and shows Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has always been there.

In October last year Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she revealed that she started dancing at age four after seeing her sisters move.

She told Women & # 39; s Health: & # 39; So I actually come from a dance family where I grew up while I watched my sisters dancing. I have not stopped dancing since then. & # 39;

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Candid: In October last year Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she revealed that she started dancing at age four after seeing her sisters move (pictured in November 2017)

Candid: In October last year Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she revealed that she started dancing at age four after seeing her sisters move (pictured in November 2017)

Candid: In October last year Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she revealed that she started dancing at age four after seeing her sisters move (pictured in November 2017)

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