Promising South African musician and star of the TV talent show Idols South Africa (Season 12), Thami Shobede has died aged 31.
Thami Shobede died in hospital in the capital, Pretoria, after collapsing during a live performance last weekend.
The star died at Kalafong Hospital, his record label has said.
Gallo Reords general manager Robert Cowling said “Gallo Record Company is extremely saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of our artists Simphiwe Thamsanqa Shobede, fondly know as Thami.”
His death on Thursday according to Cowling “came to our attention this morning that he was in hospital suffering from an illness and complications.
“His family went to see him in Atteridgeville hospital, where he passed away some time just before noon this morning.
“The singer with the velvet voice and season 12 Idols SA runner-up was only 31 years of age.
“We don’t have any other specific details or facts at this time, and kindly request that everybody please respect the wishes of Thami’s family who will be issuing a formal statement shortly.
“Our condolences go out to all his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.”
Many South Africans on social media have been paying their tribute to Thami, who became famous in 2016 after finishing as the runner-up in TV reality show.
— #LovePraiseWorship (@MmatemaMoremi) September 12, 2019
— KatlehoMK 🇿🇦 (@KatlehoMK) September 12, 2019
— #PrayforSouthAfrica (@Lebo_Chaphatso) September 12, 2019
Your passing has shocked me to no end. You were too young, too energetic and too special for me to ever imagine you gone. I hope your family finds peace and strength during this difficult time. Rest in peace bhuti, I guess heaven needed that amazing voice back #Ripthamishobede pic.twitter.com/HjD8zsAmQB
— Nondumiso Mabece (@ndumimabece) September 12, 2019