It is still difficult to comprehend why he would make this life sacrifice for a deceased side lover. However, Chris ‘Gunman’ Kubheka took his life for love. These startling allegations were made by one of Kubheka’s neighbours, with whom the actor spent the final hours of his life.

Kubheka, 48, hung himself with a tie on Monday at his Soshanguve, Tshwane, home.

The neighbour, who declined to be identified, said Kubheka was having financial difficulties and had been feeling down about the situation.

“We were chilling together on Monday trying to relieve ourselves from the weekend babalas by drinking a few beers. We were hanging around at a house of one of our friends who is a car mechanic.

“Gunman told us that his side chick, who he loved a lot, had died and he was stressing because he didn’t have money to go to her home for the funeral. He did not tell us where this girlfriend lived.

“So later in the afternoon he left and said he was going to do something at his house and would be back.

“We didn’t suspect anything bad. We were shocked when his wife came running later saying the guy had died,” said the neighbour.

The neighbour added that as a result of his financial difficulties, Kubheka’s Mazda bakkie was gathering dust at the mechanic’s workshop because he could not afford to pay for its repairs.

“Some of the broken parts were taken to Pretoria North for engineering but they have not been collected because Gunman had not been able to raise money to get them,” said the neighbour.

Kubheka’s wife, Cynthia Khumalo, did not respond to the allegations about the other woman.

In an earlier interview granted the media, at the star’s home in Soweto, Khumalo said her late husband was broke.

She said the night before he took his life, Kubheka asked her countless times if she truly loved him.

“We were sitting and talking until 1am. He kept on asking me if I loved him – a question I never understood where it came from all of a sudden,” the wife said.

She said her husband committed suicide because he was depressed. “It stressed him that he was not getting jobs and he was struggling financially,” she said. “He loved nice things and it hurt him that he could not afford them anymore.

“He used to talk about things he could not do because of his finances. He constantly complained about our garage at home, which does not have a door and the renovation project he could not complete.

“It frustrated him that I was the one who wakes up every morning to go to work, while he could not provide for us.”

Khumalo said at some point she suggested that he move back to Soweto so that he could be closer to Joburg because she believed that was where a lot of acting opportunities were.

“He rejected the idea and said it would not work because both his cars were broken and he would not have transport for going to auditions,” she said.

She said on the day of the suicide everything was normal.

“He opened the gate for me in the morning and we said our goodbyes as usual. When I came back, he did not open the gate for me when I hooted like usual. When I got into the house, I found him hanging from a burglar bar in our bedroom,” she said.

She said he had crushed all the pills they had in the house before he hung himself.

“He wrote a message that said, ‘sorry toto’, on the car and everywhere in the house,” she said.

Khumalo described her husband as a God-fearing man who loved church and respected God.

She said they got married after they met at a church in Durban 10 years ago.