SOUTH AFRICA – Singer and Idols SA runner-up Thami Shobede’s untimely death has sent shockwaves through the music industry.

Shobede died at Kalafong Hospital in Atteridgeville, Pretoria yesterday,September 12, 2019.

“Gallo Record Company is extremely saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of our artist Simphiwe Thamsanqa Shobede, fondly know as Thami,” general manager at Gallo Reords Robert Cowling said.

“The singer with the velvet voice and a 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.”

Shobede was admitted in hospital after collapsing when performing on stage about a week ago.

A source close to Shobede said that the singer’s organs failed and he slipped into a coma earlier this week.

Doctors had cautioned when he went into ICU that it was only the machine keeping him alive and if he survived it would be difficult for him to live independently.

“His lungs collapsed and his brain was severely damaged” Doctor said

Idols winner Karabo Mogane remembered Shobede for his warm smile.



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