One of the wives of the King of Swaziland has reportedly committed suicide by taking overdose of drugs used to treat chronic pain and depression.
Senteni Masango – known as Inkhosikati LaMasango was the eighth wife of King Mswati.
City Press reported that the King’s wife was found dead on Friday after allegedly taking about 40 amitriptyline capsules.
Senteni Masango was last seen in public at a recent Marula Festival and was a delight to watch due to her style of dressing and she later danced.
She was reported to be unhappy in the royal household.
King Mswati III married Inkhosikati LaMasango, when she was only 18 in September 1999.
Last year the King of Swaziland married his 14th wife, Siphelele Mashwama, a 19 year old daughter of Swazi politician Jabulile Mashwama
The King is reported to have picked his 14th wife while preparing to travel to New York for the UN General Assembly.
King Mswati III crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeded his father King Sobhuza II, who died at the age of 82.
The 49 year old King has many wives and can choose a new bride every year per Swaziland laws. Swaziland is one of the only absolute monarchies remaining in the world and has a population of 1.2 million.
The king, who is known as Ngweyama – “the lion” – often appears in public in traditional dress.