Multi-talented singer and Idols SA runner-up Thami Shobede has died at age 31.
The Idols SA runner up died at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning.
The news of the singer’s passing has been confirmed by his record label Gallo Records.
“Gallo Record Company is extremely saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of our artists Simphiwe Thamsanqa Shobede, fondly known as Thami,” said general manager at Gallo Records, Robert Cowling.
“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 sometime just before noon this morning,” Cowling confirmed.
A source close to Shobede said that his organs failed and he slipped into a coma on Tuesday.
Cowling described Shobede as a great singer with a velvet voice.
“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,” Cowling said.
“Our condolences go out to all his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.”
Reports say that Shobede was admitted in hospital after collapsing while performing on stage over the weekend.