Cape Town – The family of South African rapper, Itumelang George Tladi, popularly known as Tumi Tladi, has confirmed his sudden death late on Sunday, reports said.
The Basedi hitmaker died in the early hours of Sunday morning at the age of 30, The Citizen reported.
“Known by his stage name Tumi Tladi, he was deeply loved by his family, friends, and the entertainment industry as a whole.
“Son, brother and uncle, Tumi Tladi (30) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (10th July 2022) in Johannesburg. He leaves behind his parents, five siblings, his niece and nephews,” the report quoted the family statement.
The family has asked for privacy in their time of grief.
You only Truly appreciate your loved ones when there’s a countdown, the small things don’t matter anymore.
— Tumi Tladi (@Tumitladi) July 9, 2022
The cause of Tumi’s death has not been revealed.
The news came as a shock to the South African hip-hop industry and fans, as Tumi had been tweeting about his upcoming projects on Sunday.
“You only Truly appreciate your loved ones when there’s a countdown, the small things don’t matter anymore,” read his last tweet.
South African artists and fans took to social media to share their condolences.
Rest in Peace my boy. 💜 pic.twitter.com/mny240Ax7b
— AKA (@akaworldwide) July 10, 2022
Hamba kahle ntwana❤️ Always had the greatest energy in the room. Happy we got to make some music together. So talented. Till next time Tumi Tladi pic.twitter.com/fo8fIJhw9v
— S.O.O.N 2 (@TouchlineTruth) July 11, 2022
Rest Easy my G @Tumitladi
We had so many plans but I guess the higher power had different plans for you.
— Dj Zan-D (@DjZanD) July 10, 2022
I was talking to Tumi Tladi just yesterday. I am so hurt. can’t believe this is happening. 💔
— Nkanyezi (@NkanyeziKubheka) July 10, 2022
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe