'Idols SA' season 12 runner-up dies

Joanne Oliver

Joanne Oliver

South African singer and Idols SA runner-up, Thami Shobede, died at Kalafong Hopsital in Pretoria on Thursday morning, 12 September at the age of 31.

According to IOL, the news of his death was confirmed by Mzansi Magic.

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The general manager at Gallo Records, Robert Cowling said: "Gallo Record Company is extremely saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of our artists, Siphiwe Thamsanqa Shobede, fondly known as Thami". "Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. P Thami. These are such hard news to take in but I know that this talented man with great insight touched a lot of people's lives!" "He will be greatly missed", says Philly Kubheka, HOD, PR and Publicity for Local Entertainment Channels. "Thami showed that he's got the talent and the will to make it far and made it all the way to the top two, which really shows commitment", he said.

According to Sowetan, in 2017 the 31-year-old had a brush with death after a road rage incident turned risky and saw the singer and his friends being shot at while driving away after an altercation but luckily, no one was shot. The singer with the velvet voice and Season 12 Idols SA runner up was only 31 years of age. The singer went on to release singles such as Sthandwa and Angisajoli.

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