AKA, Costa Titch, Gloria Bosman and 2 Other Mzansi Celebs Who Died in 2023: From Assassination to Illnesses

  • AKA, Costa Stitch, Gloria Bosman, Chef Lentswe Bhengu, and Vusi Ma R5 sadly died at the beginning of 2023
  • Many South Africans were shocked by the deaths of these Mzansi celebrities, as some of the causes of death for artists like AKA and Vusi MaR5 were linked to crime
  • Costa Sticth and Gloria Bosman are yet to be buried, and the police are still investigating AKA and Vusi Ma R5’s murders
AKA, Gloria Bosman and Costa Titch are one of the Mzansi celebs who died in 2023.
AKA, Gloria Bosman, Costa Titch and Vusi Ma R5’s death shattered the South African music industry. Image: @akaworldwide, @gloriabosman, and @costatitch
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2023 started on a low note for South Africans, as many celebrities kept dying. Some big names with bright futures have sadly departed this world. The causes of death are mostly illnesses and crimes.

Briefly News has compiled a list of the Mzansi celebrities whose deaths shocked the entire country, including neighbouring countries, from AKA to Vusi MaR5.

1. AKA was assassinated

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South Africa came to a standstill when news of AKA’s passing started circulating on social media. The rapper gunned down with his former manager Tebello “Tibz” Motsoane in Durban on Florisa Road on February 10, 2023. Since then, there have been speculations about who committed the crime.

Mzansi used the viral CCTV footage of the shooting to hunt the killers, and many speculations have been raised. Peeps alleged that Don Design, who was close friends with the Composure rapper, planned the assassination because of his dodgy behaviour in the clip.

Some people said AKA’s late fiancée Anele “Nelli” Tembe’s family were to blame for Supa Mega’s death because they believed the rapper was involved in Nelli’s suicide, reported IOL.

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However, despite all those rumours, no arrests have been made. Minister of Police Bheki Cele’s last report about the high-profile case was that the police are doing everything possible to catch the Mass Country hitmaker’s killers.

“Maybe (there are) things I am not meant to say. But one of them (that I) can say, we have collected many cellphones that were working, download and all that kind of thing, trying to patch and knit things together. That is the last I received yesterday (Monday, 6 March 2023,” reported ZAlebs.

2. Costa Titch collapsed during a performance

While Mzansi was still coming to terms with AKA’s death, his friend and fellow rapper Costa Titch lost his life. Titch fell during his performance at the Ultra Music Festival at the Nasrec Expo Centre on Saturday, March 11, 2023. He was 28 and had a bright future, especially after signing with U.S artist Akon’s music label, Konvict Muzik.

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Titch, whose real name is Constantinos Tsobanoglou’s cause of death sparked a huge online debate. The South African news publication reported that many claimed he had an epilepsy history, while others blamed drugs and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Costa hasn’t been buried yet, even though a statement confirming his death was shared on his Instagram page. The memorial service and funeral details haven’t been announced.

3. Gloria Bosman dies from a short illness

According to News24, Gloria Bosman’s family issued a statement saying she passed away at 50 years old after suffering from a short illness that ended her life on March 14, 2023. Bosman was a renowned jazz musician passionate about representing musicians, especially when protecting their rights.

In December 2022, she joined the South African Music Rights Organisation board (SAMRO), and the organisation opened up about their loss in a statement, saying:

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“In the short period that Ms Bosman was a member of the Board, she added a perspective that comprised of a rich blend of insights on member aspirations as well as the direction that our organisation should continue to march towards.”

4. Vusi Ma R5 gunned down

Another celebrity who died after being shot by unknown men is Vusi Ma R5. He was killed outside a tavern in Soshanguve. IOL reports that his killers are still on the run, but the police are doing everything they can to arrest them.

“The police requested anyone with information about the incident to contact the nearest police station, or report on the Crime Stop Line at 08600 10111.”

While the cops are still trying to find out who killed the star, pictures of his grave being vandalised circulated on Twitter. @MDNnewss shared the pics, and peeps rushed to the comments to lambast whoever threw stones and burned Vusi Ma R5’s tombstone.

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In other stories, Briefly News reported that the Love and Hip Hop SA cast, including Da L.E.S and Yanga Chief, was still reeling from AKA’s death.

Supa Mega was murdered in Durban on Florida Road outside Wish restaurant. ZAlebs reported that unknown men shot the rapper, and they are still on the loose even though the police say they are doing everything they can to find the suspects.

According to TshisaLIVE, the latest Love and Hip Hop SA episode will be dedicated to AKA. Mega’s friends Da L.E.S and Yanga Chief shared how they are dealing with the tragic murder of their friend and a talented industry mate.

Source: Briefly News

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