'How many more RIPs?' - fans and peers pay tribute to amapiano artist Costa Titch

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Rapper Costa Titch passed away after collapsing on stage at the Ultra Music Festival.
Rapper Costa Titch passed away after collapsing on stage at the Ultra Music Festival.
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Fans and fellow artists are still in shock. 

They can't believe that rapper Costa Titch has passed away.

Born Constantinos Tsobanoglou, the 28-year-old rapper collapsed during his performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Johannesburg on Saturday, 11 March 2023.

“Death has tragically knocked at our door. Robbing us of our beloved son, brother and grandson, Constantinos Tsobanoglou (28), who 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,” reads an official statement released on Sunday 12 March 2023 confirming his passing.

Ultra South Africa also put out a statement acknowledging the unexpected passing of the Areyeng hitmaker.

“Costa was a galvanizing voice amongst South Africa’s amapiano scene – a talented rapper, dancer, songwriter, collaborator, and friend to the festival. Our deepest thoughts and most sincere sympathies are with his family, friends, and our entire community who are together mourning this heartbreaking loss,” concludes the statement from the music festival’s organisers.

Fans and artists throughout the entertainment industry expressed their shock and condolences at the rapper’s untimely passing, including fellow musician Nadia Nakai, who lost her partner and rapper AKA last month to a shooting.

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Musicians and public figures around the continent shared their tributes, including Tanzanian music duo Navy Kenzo, Cassper Nyovest, Julius Malema and Da L.E.S.

Here are some of the tributes from fans and peers who have been reeling in since the news came out:

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