The death of Idols SA runner-up Thami Shobede on Thursday sent shock waves across Mzansi, with hundreds flocking to social media to pay tribute to the young star.
The star died at Kalafong Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday morning, with Gallo Record Company confirming his death in a statement.
No other details were provided at the time but Thami's family said they planned to issue a formal statement shortly.
The star won over fans with his velvet voice on Idols SA in 2016 and released his debut album titled Never Lost.
His debut single, the afro-pop song Sthandwa, was a big hit with fans across the country.
News of the star's death spread on social media and soon timelines were filled with tributes to the star and his incredible talent.
RIP Thami Shobede, what a talent we have lost 💔💔
— Lorato Khumalo (@lorakhumz) September 12, 2019
— Be humble ❤️❤️❤️. 🇿🇦 (@EzamaCirha) September 12, 2019
So one minute Thami Shobede is performing and the next, organ failure and he later passes away in hospital. At the tender age of 31?! Tragic 💔
— Ayanda M* (@Ayola_M) September 12, 2019
💔😪🤷🏻♂️Another soul lost.😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️RIP Thami you’ll be dearly missed , your music, your vibrant smile and your persona 😪❤️Rest In Power.❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/283IXuqfOs
— Zulu Man With Some Power (@parnarnar) September 12, 2019
— Sbusiso Zulu👑👑 (@SbusisoXolaniM2) September 12, 2019
I really can't believe this man is gone.. RIP Thami 💔 pic.twitter.com/1VZVq8eX2H
— Ya Ne? (@Thatego_N) September 12, 2019