The Greatest Dancer’s Oti Mabuse’s secret heartache: Her brother Neo committed suicide aged 18

The Greatest Dancer mentor Oti Mabuse’s secret heartache has been disclosed after it was tragically revealed that her half-brother Neo took his own life while they were growing up in South Africa.

Strictly’s Oti, 28, was only a little girl at the time of her sibling’s death as her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela’s release from prison in 1990.

Motsi, 37, who is also a dancer and has starred on Let’s Dance, laid bare the heart-wrenching details of their family tragedy in her book Chili in the Blood: My Dance Through Life which is published in Germany.

Family tragedy: The Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse's secret heartache unveiled as it's revealed her brother Neo committed suicide aged 18 (Pictured: Oti, December 2018)

Family tragedy: The Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse's secret heartache unveiled as it's revealed her brother Neo committed suicide aged 18 (Pictured: Oti, December 2018)

Family tragedy: The Greatest Dancer star Oti Mabuse’s secret heartache unveiled as it’s revealed her brother Neo committed suicide aged 18 (Pictured: Oti, December 2018)

‘He killed himself with a poison. And because the people of Africa are very religious and superstitious, something bad arose in our neighbourhood,’ she wrote.

Neo — who was born to mum Dudu and had a different dad to his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo — committed suicide at the age of 18.  

The dancing professional recalled the haunting time when her family were shunned from their neighbours in South Africa who believed Neo’s death was a bad omen.

So sad: Strictly's Oti, 28, was only a little girl at the time of her sibling's death as her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela's release from prison in 1990

So sad: Strictly's Oti, 28, was only a little girl at the time of her sibling's death as her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela's release from prison in 1990

So sad: Strictly’s Oti, 28, was only a little girl at the time of her sibling’s death as her sister Motsi shared that he committed suicide shortly after Mandela’s release from prison in 1990

She elaborated: ‘With the suicide of Neo, our family was seen as one where there was a negative energy. Because of this rumour, no one came to us any more, because it was feared that bad energy applied to the visitor.’

Motsi shared how she believes her brother found it difficult to adapt when the family’s situation changed for the better after growing up in poorer circumstances.

She added: ‘Neo had witnessed the rise of my parents. He still remembered the cramped life, which for us younger siblings was more of a narrative than a truly experienced reality.’

Strong family unit: Neo — who was born to mum Dudu and had a different dad to his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo (pictured together, Oti on right) — committed suicide aged 18

Strong family unit: Neo — who was born to mum Dudu and had a different dad to his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo (pictured together, Oti on right) — committed suicide aged 18

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Strong family unit: Neo — who was born to mum Dudu and had a different dad to his three sisters Oti, Motsi and Phemelo (pictured together, Oti on right) — committed suicide aged 18

The book — which chronicles her life story — has been published in Germany where she stars on the show Let’s Dance. 

MailOnline has approached Oti Mabuse’s representatives for further comment.   

Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer alongside Cheryl and Glee’s Matthew Morrison on Saturday night.

Good to be back! Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer alongside Cheryl and Glee's Matthew Morrison

Good to be back! Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer alongside Cheryl and Glee's Matthew Morrison

Good to be back! Oti returned to our screens as a mentor on The Greatest Dancer alongside Cheryl and Glee’s Matthew Morrison

Finding fame: The South African siren shot to fame as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has been on there ever since

Finding fame: The South African siren shot to fame as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has been on there ever since

Finding fame: The South African siren shot to fame as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has been on there ever since

The South African siren shot to fame as a professional dancer on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2015 and she has been on there ever since.

In October last year, Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she divulged she started dancing at the age of four after watching her sisters move.

She told Women’s Health: ‘So I kind of come from a dance family where I grew up watching my sisters dance. I haven’t stopped dancing ever since.’ 

If you’ve been affected by this article, please call the Samaritans on 116 123 or 020 7734 2800. 

Candid: In October last year, Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she divulged she started dancing at the age of 4 after watching her sisters move (pictured in November 2017)

Candid: In October last year, Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she divulged she started dancing at the age of 4 after watching her sisters move (pictured in November 2017)

Candid: In October last year, Oti gave a rare insight into her childhood when she divulged she started dancing at the age of 4 after watching her sisters move (pictured in November 2017)

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