Costa Titch, a South African rapper, died unexpectedly this weekend, his family announced on Instagram, just hours after performing at a music festival.
The musician, Constantinos Tsobanoglou, was 28 years old.
Social media videos appeared to show Tsobanoglou tripping on stage before being helped up by a bystander. Then Tsobanoglou stands up briefly before appearing to pass out.
Sources and local media claim that the rapper’s untimely demise may have been brought on by the stage’s excessively strobing lights, which may have caused the rapper’s history of epileptic seizures to start.
Tsobanoglou’s family posted on his Instagram that they were “deeply saddened” to have to acknowledge his passing at this time. We are grateful for the emergency personnel and everyone who was there during his final hours.
The cause of death was not mentioned in the statement.
The young rapper’s death has been described as “devastated” by Ultra South Africa, the festival where he was performing.
Costa was a talented rapper, dancer, singer, songwriter, collaborator, and friend to the festival, according to a statement. “Costa was an energising voice among South Africa’s amapiano scene,” it said.
One of the biggest stars of amapiano, a genre of music characterised by deep house, basslines driven by log drums, and soulful piano melodies, Tsobanoglou was a rising sensation in South Africa. His rap style blends international rap subgenres like trap music, which has its roots in Atlanta’s thriving hip hop scene, with South Africa’s culture, style, and indigenous languages.
Tsobanoglou was born in the town of Nelspruit in northeastern South Africa, and before switching to rap, he had a successful dance career.
After becoming popular on TikTok, Tsobanoglou’s song “Big Flexa” established him as a household name throughout Africa. The rapper had just joined forces with a record company run by the Senegalese-American artist Akon, who was featured on a remix of “Big Flexa.”
Tsobanoglou’s death comes just a month after his friend and collaborator, fellow rapper AKA, was killed in a shooting.