The eighth wife of Swaziland’s King Mswati III has died after committing suicide.

Senteni Masango is alleged to have overdosed on about 40 amitriptyline capsules, a drug commonly used to treat mental illnesses.

The king and Masango

According to News24, Masango got buried on Sunday after the suicide and she has left behind two children.

Her death comes barely a week after the burial of her sister. It is alleged that the King stopped her from attending neither her sister’s memorial service nor her funeral.

Senteni is said to have lived alone in a big mansion for over three years without a visit from the King.

She married King Mswati III in 2000 as his 8th wife. She was 18 and reports claimed she was a high school dropout prior to her marriage.

Last year, King Swati III married his latest bride, Siphelele Mashwama, who was aged 19. It is a tradition for the Swazi King to choose a wife every year.

Tens of thousands of unmarried and childless girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to participate in the eight day event in which the King selects a new bride, and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain their virginity.

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