Former Idols SA contestant Thami Shobede has passed away at the age of 31 years, he was a gentle soul, full of promise and undeniably talented.
Thami passed away on September, 12th 2019 at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning after suffering from an illness and complications.
We have come to learn that Shobede was admitted in hospital after collapsing when performing on stage at the weekend, a source close to Shobede told Sowetan that his organs failed and he slipped into a coma on Tuesday.
Thami’s record label Gallo Records confirmed his tragic death and released a press release that you can read 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.
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.
The South African Department of Arts & Culture also mourned the singers death by tweeting;
The entertainment industry has lost yet another incredibly talented musician after the untimely passing of Idols Top 2 Finalist, Thami Shobede. At only 31 years, he had captured many with his unique voice. We send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones.
So many people have taken to Twitter to mourn the death of Thami and below is what they’ve said;
Television personality Boity Thulo tweeted;
Rest in eternal peace, Thami. An incredible soul gone far too soon. Thank you for sharing your powerful gift with us.
Idols SA season 12 winner Noma Khumalo tweeted;
Dearest Thami, I wish we had more time. Go on home. Lala Ngoxolo
Idols SA season 13 runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba tweeted;
Shobede! 1 day we’ll meet again & sing together as siblings in God’s home where there’ll be no group of spectators no judges & no sovereigns 2 b worn however 4 his Greatness just & dt will b our interminable tranquility on our next life.
Idols SA season 11 winner Mogane Karabo tweeted;
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! Much love bro.
Idols SA season 11 runner-up Mmatema Moremi tweeted;
I am extremely shattered and broken, I’m so hurt, I am so sorry my friend, Rest in music superstar (can’t even believe I’m typing this”)
Thami’s funeral arrangements are underway and will be announced soon however we kindly ask you all to respect the privacy of Thami’s family in this trying moment.