South African rapper Costa Titch has passed away at age 28. Titch, whose actual name is Constantinos Tsobanoglou, was performing at the Johannesbu
South African rapper Costa Titch has passed away at age 28.
Titch, whose actual name is Constantinos Tsobanoglou, was performing at the Johannesburg Ultra Music Festival on Saturday when he reportedly passed out, according to Sky News.
The musician allegedly falls over in a video that is making the rounds on social media before being helped up. He then briefly stands up before falling, according to CNN. The videos, as reported by the Washington Post, have not been independently confirmed.
According to Sky News, Titch was taken to a hospital, where he eventually died.
Family members announced the rapper’s passing on Instagram.
“It is with deep pain that we find ourselves having to acknowledge his passing at this time,” said a statement they made on his Instagram account. “We are thankful for those emergency responders and all those present in his last hours.”
Ultra South Africa released a statement upon Titch’s death, saying that it was devastated.
“Costa was a galvanizing voice amongst South Africa’s amapiano scene — a talented rapper, dancer, singer, songwriter, collaborator and friend to the festival,” the statement said, according to CNN.
Amapiano is a musical genre that features piano melodies accompanied by basslines that are propelled by log drums. According to CNN, Titch combined other sub-genres, like Atlanta-based trap music, with the South African aesthetic and languages.
Per the Washington Post, there is no information on the reason of death.
The second death to affect the South African rap industry is that of Titch. According to the Post, Kiernan Forbes, also known as AKA, passed away last month after being shot outside an eatery in Durban, South Africa. In 2021, Titch and AKA jointly issued an album.