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Rapper dies aged 28 after ‘collapsing on stage at festival’

After collapsing on stage in South Africa, a 28-year old rapper died.

Costa Titch was the real name of Constantinos Tsobanoglou, and has been the subject of tributes.

Social media footage showed him falling to the ground and stumbling during his set, before he was helped to his feet.

The South African star performed his song for several seconds before he fell again.


According to reports, the incident occurred in front of his fans at Saturday’s Ultra Music Festival at Johannesburg’s Nasrec Expo Centre. He died later in hospital.

His family posted an Instagram message in which they confirmed his death and thanked his fans for their support.

“Death has tragically knocked on our door. They took our beloved brother, son, and grandson Constantinos Tsobanoglou (28), whom South Africa had grown to idolize under the stage name “Costa Titch” they stated.

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“It is with deep sorrow that we have to admit his passing at this moment.”

The family said that they were grateful for the assistance of emergency personnel and the support of all who helped him in his final hours.

“As a family, we face a difficult time. We try to make sense out of the events that have happened to us and ask for time and space to regroup.

“The Tsobanoglou Family thanks you for your love and support of our son. May you continue to lift him up in spirit.”

Clean Bandit, a UK electronic music band, left a broken heart emoticon on the post. Oti Mabuse, a star of Strictly Come Dancing wrote “Rest in Peace” with a tearful emoticon.

On Twitter, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation stated: “SAMRO is saddened at the passing of popular rapper Costa Tsobanoglou better known as Costa Titch.

“Heartfelt condolences for his family, friends, and wider music industry.”

Costa Titch’s songs include Big Flexa, Activate and was his first career as a backing singer before he became a rapper.

In February, he posted on Instagram that he was partnering with Akon’s record label Konvict Kulture.

AKA, a South African rapper whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes was also shot to death in Durban. He was 35.


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