28-Year-Old Rapper Dies Suddenly on Stage at Music Festival

28-year-old rapper Costa Titch died suddenly after collapsing on stage while performing at a music festival over the weekend.

The South African music star collapsed unexpectedly at a Johannesburg music festival on Saturday, according to an Instagram statement by his family.

No cause of death has been announced.

A video recorded by a fan in the crowd shows Titch collapsing on the stage before he’s helped back up to his feet.

He then tries to walk to the side to hold himself up before he collapses again and falls off the front of the stage.

The video suggests the audience assumed he had fainted and didn’t realize he had died.


“Death has tragically knocked at our door,” the family wrote on the rapper’s Instagram page.

“Robbing us of our beloved son, brother, and grandson.

“Constantinos Tsobanoglou (28), whom South Africa had come to love and idolize under his stage name ‘Costa Titch’.”

Costa Titch was performing at the Nasrec Expo Centre when he fell over onstage, according to Cape Town Etc.

An individual rushed to help the rapper who briefly regained his footing before collapsing again.

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

“We are thankful for the emergency responders and all those present in his last hours on this earth.”

“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 family closed.

“Please keep us in your prayers and uplifted in the Lord.”

Organizers of the Ultra Music Festival South Africa also issued a statement shortly after Costa Titch’s passing was announced, writing on Twitter: “We are devastated by the sudden loss of the beloved South African artist Costa Titch, who tragically passed away this weekend.

“Costa was a galvanizing voice amongst South Africa’s amapiano scene – a talented rapper, dancer, songwriter, collaborator, and friend to the festival.”

The rapper was born in Nelspruit, South Africa, kicking off his career as a backup dancer before turning to rap music.

Costa Titch was best known for interweaving traditional South African culture with trap beats.

The rapper’s most popular song was the single “Big Flexa”, which went viral on TikTok in 2021.

A remix version of the song was later released featuring musician Akon.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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