South African rapper Constantinos Tsobanoglou, better known by his stage name, Costa Titch, has died at the age of 28. According to reports, the musician collapsed on stage during his performance at the Ultra Music Festival at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday, 11 March.
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His family confirmed the news in a statement published on social media.
The statement read:
Death has tragically knocked at our door. Robbing us of our beloved son, brother, and grandson. Constantinos Tsobanoglou (28), whom South Africa had come to love and idolize under his stage name “Costa Titch.”
It is with deep pain that we find ourselves having to acknowledge his passing at this time.
We are thankful for the emergency responders and all those present in his last hours on this earth.
As a family, we are faced with a difficult time as we try to make sense of what has befallen us and ask that we be afforded the time and space to gather ourselves.
The Tsobanoglou family thanks you for the love and support you have given to our son, and may you continue to uplift him even in spirit. Please keep us in your prayers and uplifted in the Lord,” ended the statement.
Costa Titch – whose real name is Constantinos Tsobanoglou – began as a backup dancer in the industry before transitioning into music after realising he had reached the pinnacle in dance but wasn’t breaking through financially or fulfilling himself personally.
Costa won Best Collaboration and Best Remix at the 2020 South African Hip Hop Awards for his ‘Nkalakatha’ remix with Riky Rick and AKA.
He recently signed with Senegalese-American rapper Akon’s Konvict Kulture record label, and the rapper had recently appeared on Costa’s hit song, ‘Big Flexa’, in a remix.
In an interview with IOL, Costa stated that he collaborated with the record label to launch his career on a global scale.
Tributes from fans and industry colleagues have flooded social media since his passing.
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Picture: Costa Titch / Facebook