South African musician and Idols SA runner up Thami Shobede is confirmed dead at the age of 31. His music label, Gallo Record Company has confirmed the sad news.
According to Sowetan, Thami died at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning.
“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,” general manager at Gallo Records, Robert Cowling, said confirming the news to the paper.
“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 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”.
Sowetan reports that Thami was admitted to the hospital after collapsing when performing on stage at the weekend.
The paper reports that a ‘source’ close to Thami told them that his organs failed and he slipped into a coma on Tuesday.