Musician and Idols SA runner-up Thami Shobede has passed away at the age of 31, his record label Gallo Record Company confirmed the news of his passing.
Sowetan Live reported that the former Idols contestant Thami Shobede died on Tuesday morning at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria, Gauteng. Thami was admitted in hospital after collapsing when performing on stage at the weekend.
“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,” said general manager at Gallo Records Robert Cowling in a statement.
“It 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…
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,” added Cowling.
A source close to Shobede told Sowetan that his organs failed and he slipped into a coma on Tuesday.
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