Tributes have been pouring in for one of South Africa’s well-known businessmen and owner of a popular nightclub, Chris Coutroulis, who died at the age of 52 on Tuesday, November 30 following a lengthy stay in hospital.
According to reports, Coutroulis who was the founder of the Taboo nightclub, hosted a number of celebrities as well as international singers such as R Kelly and Drake.
He was married to former Miss SA Vanessa Carreira, whom he shared four children with, including triplets. However the family has yet to release a statement, while friends and celebrities have been paying tribute to the late club owner.
Coutroulis’s close friend, Nicky van der Walt, said in a heartfelt message on Instagram,” Today is probably the hardest and saddest day of my life … we’ve lost a friend, a brother, a father and a husband. You were a giant among men, a gentleman, a legend. You’ve fought the bravest and hardest battle for your family like a lion,” the post read.
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Other local celebrities, politicians and influencers also paid tribute to Coutroulis.
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
The North Remembers! 💔
The entertainment industry will never be the same.🕯️
Uncle Chris thank you 😔🙏🏽. You are so very much loved and appreciated.
Condolences to the Coutroulis family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! pic.twitter.com/YJFS3JU5uY
— CALLING 🔥📞🔥📞🔥 (@Dj_Timo_SA) 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
Chris Coutroulis was one of my first friends in Joburg, when I started working at @5FM Through the years, he always asked about my family and made sure we were looked after in his clubs and restaurants. My deepest condolences to Vanessa and family. #RIPchris #chriscoutroulis pic.twitter.com/i2RdaGfjTl
— Jennifer Su (Jen Su) (@jennifer_su) December 1, 2021
For those wishing to pay tribute to Chris Coutroulis, come past the iconic red door which is Taboo. pic.twitter.com/zhOrqqPvP2
— Boa Sandton (@Boa_Sandton) December 1, 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
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