South African Rapper Costa Titch Dies At 27 During Performance

On Saturday night, South African rapper Costa Titch, real name Costa Tsobanoglou, fell and died while performing at the Ultra Music Festival in Johannesburg. He was only 27 at the time.

Costa has a history of epilepsy, a disorder that affects the brain and produces seizures, according to individuals close to the artist. While the cause of death has yet to be determined, others speculate that the flashing lights caused a seizure.

Costa Titch was a rising figure in South African music, with a significant fan following because of his blend of hip-hop and amapiano sounds. His most popular hit tune, “Big Flexa,” has over 45 million YouTube views, and he just released a remix of the song with American musician Akon.

Costa Titch received a significant boost by Akon’s endorsement, and the two musicians even collaborated for a surprise performance at Cotton Fest. After his breakthrough, Costa inked a global agreement with Akon’s record company, Konvict Kulture, with the intention of bringing his career to the next level.

Costa Titch’s death has shaken South Africa’s music industry, which has already seen multiple catastrophes in recent months.

Rapper Kiernan Forbes, popularly known as AKA, was tragically shot in Durban in mid-February, while singer Rikhado Makhado, commonly known as Riky Rick, was discovered dead in February 2022 from an apparent suicide. Costa was close to these late artists and worked with them on some of the biggest SA songs before their demise.

Costa Titch’s death is widely publicized on social media, with many individuals expressing their sorrow and sympathies. Others uploaded recordings of Costa Titch’s concerts and tributes to his ability, including EFF leader Julius Malema, who tweeted the late rapper’s name followed by broken heart emojis.

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@L0rdJuic3 @AfricanMoeskont Not drugs… stop talking kak πŸ’© For those who don’t know why Costa Titch “died suddenly” πŸ’‰ WATCH THE BELOW VID πŸ‘‡ RIP Costa Titch πŸ’ Justice for Costa
@sabula_ug Is Costa Titch dead, now joins AKA 😭 πŸ’” RIP
@OleleSalvador 🚨BREAKINGπŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦πŸŽΆ: 27 year old South African rapper and dancer, Costa Titch, has passed away. The rapper collapsed on stage during his performance at the Ultra South festival, at Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg. He reportedly died after. πŸ•ŠοΈ
@nwanyebinladen RIP Costa Titch
@billymiltons costa titch collapsed on the stage during his performance and died. πŸ˜­πŸ•Š #Ripcostatitch
@TheSabiRadio BREAKING: Popular SA rapper, Costa Titch collapses and dies following a seizure episode on stage πŸ’”
@PhilMphela RIP: Costa Titch Nelspruit-born artist and dancer, real name Costa Tsobanoglou, has passed away. He was 27. #RIPCostaTitch
@_sophi_sticated This is a crazy beautiful video, AKA & Costa Titch #SuperSoft snapshots #RiPCostaTitch #RIPAKA #JusticeForAKA
@Layoyoz_Mayoyo I hope we don’t see videos of Costa Titch collapsing on stage we haven’t recovered from kuleya ka AKA. Rest easy Qhawe πŸ•ŠοΈ
@SAHipHopTweets As SA Hip Hop We have been robbed πŸ’”πŸ’”. RIP Costa Titch πŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ•Š
@RealMrumaDrive Legends are leaving us😭RIP Costa TitchπŸ’”
@_kamohelotloti There’s some sort of Cult happening ka SA MUSIC INDUSTRY🀞🏾. RIP Costa Titch πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š
@arttherapy_au What a time… Costa Titch πŸ’”πŸ•ŠοΈ
@RealMrumaDrive Just like that Costa Titch and is no more πŸ’”
@clbrebrand Someone said in South when something happens ONCE, a chain of those same/similar events happens. Now they saying RIP Costa Titch
@Monyane__Lodge RIP Costa Titch Another sad moment for South Africans mourning the loss of another talented artist πŸ˜­πŸ’”
@Jabu_Macdonald Seems like Junior De Rocker confirmed these news πŸ’” Costa Titch may have passed away πŸ’”
@____justsihle nah gents what’s going on ka entertainment industry? Now Costa Titch?
@KingVeeSt Reunited in Spirit Rest in peace Gents… AKA and Costa Titch

Costa Titch’s death is a shock to the South African music industry and music fans worldwide. His ability and potential were evident, and his untimely passing is a terrible reminder of life’s fragility.

Recognizing and appreciating Costa Titch’s effect on the industry is vital. He will be missed, but his music and impact will live on and inspire generations of musicians.

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