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Tumi Tladi’s family confirm his death, asks for privacy to mourn

The rapper and choreographer passed away in the early hours on Sunday.
The rapper and choreographer passed away in the early hours on Sunday.
Image: Twitter/ Tumi Tladi

The family of hip-hop artist and choreographer Tumi Tladi have asked for privacy while they mourn the untimely passing of their son.

They revealed Tumi, 30, passed away in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

Tributes poured in for the Basadi hit maker on Twitter after unconfirmed reports he had passed away. 

The family confirmed his sudden passing in a statement shared with TshisaLIVE by Tutone Communications.

The family said: "The family of SA hip-hop artist Itumeleng George Tladi today (Sunday) confirmed with profound sadness and loss his untimely passing.

"Known by his stage name Tumi Tladi, he was deeply loved by his family, friends and the entertainment industry as a whole.”

The family requested they be afforded time to wrap their heads around the his passing.

“The Tladi family humbly request privacy during their period of grieving and ask that you please keep them in your prayers.”

Twitter was flooded with messages about the kind of person the rapper was. His star power was beginning to finally pick up and he was well on his way to stardom. 

Music producer and DJ Zan D took to his Twitter timeline to share his heartbreak. 

“We had so many plans but I guess the higher power had different plans for you. Tumi Tladi was such a genuine bro. The lights were already on him. Things were moving for him. He was ready to own those stages,” he tweeted.

Some remembered the rapper side of the star while others shared their memories of him as a choreographer. 

“Most people know Tumi Tladi from his hit song Basadi. Some knew  him when he was a choreographer. He was impeccable and all his routines would leave me pissed caused they were hard and very stressful. He would push you because he believed everyone has greatness,” wrote one tweep

Details of the funeral will be confirmed at a later stage.


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