Thami Shobede dies at 31

Press Statement: Idols Season 12 runner up Thami Shobede passes away aged 31 years

“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.

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, Thursday 12th September 2019.

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 19-04-88 to 12-09-2019.”

Photo Credit: Joanne Oliver

He was a singer and the runner-up of Season 12 Idols SA. Condolences messages pour out on social media.

Heavens couldn’t wait πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”#Thamishobede

β€” Itumeleng Ramahleka (@ituramahleka) September 12, 2019

Memories of undeniable talent & unforgettable melodies linger with as you leave. ❀️ Lala ngomoya omuhle, Thami Shobede. πŸ™ #RIPThamiShobede

β€” DStv (@DStv) September 12, 2019

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.

Our deepest condolences to his family & friends. He will be greatly missed. #RIPThamiShobede

β€” Idols South Africa (@IdolsSA) September 12, 2019

May we never forget the talent and melodies 🎢 of #SAMA24 nominee and rising star, Thami Shobede. #RIPThamiShobede β€οΈ

β€” The SA Music Awards (@TheSAMAs) September 12, 2019