South Africa has lost another great rapper and talented musician, Costa Titch who was well-known for his upbeat music and videos. The 28-year-old rapper reportedly collapsed while performing on stage in his home country.
Tributes have been pouring out to Costa Titch and his family, whose real name was Constantinos Tsobanoglou. The horrible incident, which shocked many, was caught in social media footage showing Costa stumbling and falling to the ground during his set.
Moments later, the South African star was helped back on his feet and continued to perform until he finished his track. However, a few seconds later, Costa collapsed again for a second time after which emergency responders carried him out off-stage.
The tragic incident happened in front of fans at the Ultra Music Festival at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday. He died later in the hospital. In an Instagram post, his family confirmed his death and thanked fans for their support.
“Death has tragically knocked at our door. Robbing us of our beloved son, brother and grandson, Constantinos Tsobanoglou (28), who South Africa had come to love and idolise under his stage name “Costa Titch”, they said.
“It is with deep pain that we find ourselves having to acknowledge his passing at this time,” Tsobanoglou’s family said in a post on his Instagram. “We are thankful for those emergency responders and all those present in his last hours.” The statement did not mention a cause of death.
Costa was a galvanizing voice in South Africa’s amapiano scene
Tsobanoglou was a growing sensation in South Africa and one of the biggest stars of amapiano, a style of music characterized by deep house, log-drum-driven basslines and soulful piano melodies. His rap style combines South Africa’s culture, style and indigenous languages with international rap sub-genres like trap music, which originated in Atlanta’s thriving hip-hop scene.
Tsobanoglou was born in Nelspruit in northeastern South Africa and had already had a successful career in dance before becoming a rapper.