Singer and former South African Idols runner-up, Thami Shobede has passed away at the age of 31.
Thamsanqa, known as Thami, passed away at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning.
The news of his passing was confirmed by his record label, Gallor Records Company.
“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 the 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.
“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.”
Social Media users have been passing their condolences to the singer under the hashtag #RIPThamiShobede.
Below are some of the Tweets under the hashtag.
As @MzansiMagic & #IdolsSA, we are saddened by the passing of our former Idols SA contestant, @ThamiShobede, a very talented musician with lots still to offer to the music industry.— Idols South Africa (@IdolsSA) September 12, 2019
Our deepest condolences to his family & friends. He will be greatly missed. #RIPThamiShobede pic.twitter.com/5UnqiurIil
[BREAKING NEWS] Singer and Idols SA runner-up Thami Shobede has died at age 31, his record label Gallo Records confirmed. He died at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning. #RIPThamiShobede pic.twitter.com/sTunBDiHNz— #21September2019 (@Ayabonga_Kekana) September 12, 2019
Yoh Thami bro, I’m so shocked and confused. I can’t believe that you’re gone just like that, I pray that your family may be comforted at this time. May your soul REST IN PEACE!— #UMAKOTIAVAILABLENOW (@MoganeKarabo) September 12, 2019
Much love bro🙏🏽