The Pōle’o family of Vainī have been left devastated after a father and nephew both died within days of each other.
Vakaolafehi Pōle’o, who was also known as Vaka Pōle’o, died yesterday.
The family have yet to officially reveal the cause of his death.
His works of computer and print design as well as music were popular with Tongan community and businesses.
Vaka was one of few Tongans who had been graduated with a BA qualification in visual designs and art from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
His nephew Li’ekina He Vahafolau Fīnau died three days earlier.
As Kaniva News reported, Fīnau died in hospital after police alleged he jumped out of a moving Police van on Tuesday night.
Fīnau was the son of Foni Pōle’o, the late elder brother of Vaka.
His mother was Meliame from Tatakamotonga.
Vaka’s son Tu’ipulotu has confirmed his father’s death to Kaniva News.
Tu’ipulotu who is also known by DJ name Darren said his father’s death really hurt him.
He said he was proud of his music and works of art.