South African Rapper Costa Titch, 28, Dies Suddenly After Collapsing During Performance

South African Rapper Costa Titch, 28, Dies Suddenly After Collapsing During Performance

A young rapper is believed to have died at the weekend after fans saw him disappear and then collapse on stage at a music festival in South Africa.

Costa Tech, real name Konstantinos Tsupanoglu (28), performed at the Nasrek Exhibition Center on Saturday night as part of the South African Electronic Music Festival in Johannesburg. The backup dancer turned rapper is best known for his "Big Flexa" mixtape in collaboration with Akon and performing a half-hour set while suffering an undisclosed medical emergency.

A video of the performance initially shows Tsopan Tsopanoglu walking across the stage before helping him finish his song. When the music stops and the crowd erupts, the artist looks around before leaving the stage completely.

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Her co-stars were seen running to her aid as she struggled to the floor before being carried backstage.

Tsubanoglu's death was confirmed by his family on social media, although no cause was given.

"Death has tragically knocked on our door. Our beloved son, brother and nephew, Konstantinos Tsupanoglu, who came to love and worship South Africa under his stage name 'Costa Teach', was stolen by our beloved son. It is with deep pain that we are aware of his death," posted on Instagram.

"We thank the emergency workers and everyone who was on this earth during his last hours. As a family, we are going through a difficult time, we are trying to understand what happened to us and we ask that you give us time and space to gather." The statement continued, concluding: "The Tsubanoglu family thanks We thank you for the love and support you have given our son and we hope you will continue to lift his spirits." Please keep us in your prayers and lift us up to God.'

The festival also released a statement, describing the artist as "an incredible voice in South Africa's Ampiano scene - a talented rapper, dancer, songwriter, collaborator and friend of the festival."

The South African family was not alone in the tragedy, as the 22-year-old master's student who worked as an athletic trainer with the XFL died suddenly of unspecified causes while at the team hotel on Thursday.

Former Lebanon Valley College (LVC) varsity football player Ben Siegfried St. Louis has joined. Louis Battlehawks and DC Defenders when you graduate. A statement from the league said: "The XFL family is devastated by the loss of our colleague Ben Siegfried, who passed away last night. Ben, the athletic trainer at Lebanon Valley College, who worked in the XFL Athletic Coaching Department, was in full swing. The BattleHawks and Defenders are preparing for this season. part. His infectious smile in the locker room and his passion for his job will be greatly missed by all the players and staff who had the opportunity to work with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to him. family and friends."

Owner Dwayne Johnson, actor and former XFL wrestler, added in a statement: "So sorry to hear this devastating news earlier today. Sending strength, love, light and manna to the Siegfried family during this terrible time. We are you. Stay strong. ."

The university also said: "LVC is saddened to learn of the passing of Ben Siegfried 22, M'23. ALVCFootball DT, Ben is completing his master's degree in athletic training and doing clinical training with the XFL. Please keep Ben's family safe. , love and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

A memorial was held at the game for both teams on Sunday, and LVC announced that it will hold its own meeting on campus Wednesday to provide information to students who need counseling.

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