Gallo Records has expressed sadness following the death of singer and Idols runner-up Thami Shobede (31). The performer reportedly died at Kalafong Hospital west of Pretoria.

Shobede became a familiar face on the small screen when he took part in the popular singing competition Idols season 12.

Gallo Records confirmed his passing following organ failure.

Gallo’s Caroline Morabe says Shobede passed away in hospital this morning after a short illness quite quickly. ‘The company and the family are broken right,’ said Morabe.

The singer’s debut single “uthando” made it to the top of the charts. His final album “never lost” was nominated for Best R&B category in the 2018 SAMA Awards. Shobede first entered Season 11 of Idols in 2015. He only made it to the Top 16 and became a runner-up the following year. That secured him a recording deal with Gallo Records.

Messages of condolences have been pouring in on social media for the artist.