Musician, 27, Dies After Collapsing on Stage in Front of Horrified Crowd

South African rapper Costa Titch died in hospital after appearing to lose consciousness in the middle of his set at the Ultra Music Festival.

Real name Constantinos Tsobanoglou, he originally started as a backup dancer before launching his own career as a rapper.

He was an award-winning performer after breaking into the industry in 2020.

Costa had recently signed to rapper Akon’s record label Konvict Kulture.

He is known for his hits such as Activate and Nkalakatha.

Tributes have now flooded in for the rising star, who dreamed of finding international success.

Footage – which The Sun Online has chosen not to publish – from his set at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg shows him appearing to stumble during a track.

He then finishes the song and stands before adoring crowd, before then collapsing to the ground.

Security guards and his crew rush to help him before the video clip ends.

His family confirmed in statement on social media that he later died and thanked his fans for their support.

“Death has tragically knocked at our door. Robbing us of our beloved son, brother and grandson,” they said.

“It is with deep pain that we find ourselves having to acknowledge his passing at this time.”

The family added: “As a family we are faced with a difficult time as we try to make sense of what has befallen us and ask that we be afford the time and space to gather ourselves.

“The Tsobanoglou family thanks you for the love and support you have given to our son and may you continue to uplift him even in spirit.”

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation wrote on Twitter: “SAMRO is saddened by the passing of popular rapper Costa Tsobanoglou, better known as Costa Titch.

“Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and broader music industry.”

Rapper Da L.E.S tweeted: “RIP, Costa Titch. Great talent gone to soon.”

In a recent interview, Costa talked excitedly about his future after singing for Konvict Kulture.

He said: “After the success of my 2022 catalogue, we felt it was time to partner with a global entity so we can continue to push the barriers on an international scale.”

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