South Africa Idol Runner Up Thami Shobede Dies

Thabi Shobede

South African singer, Thami Shobede has died at the age of 31 mere days after he collapsed on stage and was rushed to the hospital.

In a statement released by Gallo Records, which were Thami’s record company, they confirmed that the singer was indeed dead and he died on the 12th of September at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria.

Read their statement below:

“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 Reords, Robert Cowling, said.


“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.


“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.”

Thami Shobede collapsed during the weekend while on stage performing and was rushed to the hospital. According to reports, he suffered organ failure and slipped into a coma on the 10th of September. The doctor claimed that he had only been kept alive due to the help of machines.

Thami Sobede was a contestant in the 2015 edition of the South African Idol show. He had a terrific run but eventually lost out to the winner Karabo Mogane who paid tribute to the singer, “I met Thami in 2015 we were in same Idols season. Ever since then we’ve performed in different stages together and we’ve been supporting one another in our musical endeavors,” he said

“He was a great person, always had a smile on his face and always wanted the best for others. “I’m really sad to hear that he’s gone. I pray that his family be comforted by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through this trying time.” he concluded.

May the soul of Thami Shobede rest in peace.

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