Cape Town – South African prominent businessman and owner of the popular Taboo nightclub, Chris Coutroulis has reportedly died after a lengthy stay in hospital.
He was 54.
According to TimesLIVE, Coutroulis, who was also husband to former Miss SA Vanessa Carreira, opened many upmarket nightclubs and venues such as the Papparazzi nightclub, Taboo, The VIP Room, ONYX, and C, to name a few.
He also hosted a number of celebrities and politicians, as well as international singers such as R Kelly and Drake.
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Coutroulis and Vanessa had four children.
His family has not issued a statement regarding his death but celebrities and politicians from all over South Africa have expressed their condolences.
Among those who paid tribute to Coutroulis were DJs Major League, Warras, Fikile Mbalula, and Julius Malema.
Take a look at some of the condolence messages here:
May your soul Rest In Peace OG🙏🏾😔💔 pic.twitter.com/i1ncLMWsQE
— AMAWELE 🎹🏆 (@MAJORLEAGUEDJZ) November 30, 2021
DEVASTATING news 💔💔 Uncle Chris…. We will miss u Ballie,your contribution to the Game,to the JHB scene, to the Careers of the biggest and best -and to MY LIFE & Career WILL NEVER be forgotten.I am broken🥺. A LEGEND has Fallen. Until we meet again. R.I.P. Chris Coutroulis 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/ItGDcCyIap
— Warras (@Shady_Lurker) November 30, 2021
May your soul rest in peace. Thank you giving 21 year old me a platform amongst the best at the time (2005). Hennessy Fridays at Taboo were epic. Thursdays at Cocoon changed my life as well. #RIPChris #Taboo pic.twitter.com/aR6auuGM8b
— DJ Franky (@FrankySA) November 30, 2021
Rest my brother; you fought a good fight. 🙏🏿💔 pic.twitter.com/IemblJI13M
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) December 1, 2021
Here is to a legend, the great to ever do and excel in it. We are inspired by your attention to detail and dedication to excellent service. Through your establishments you’ve grown talent and created opportunities for more.
Rest In Peace Chris🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/9mp8n0Uc5j
— FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) December 1, 2021
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo