Pop Star finalist found dead

2013-10-14 13:29

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Former Joyous Celebration member and Coca Cola Pop Stars top-10 finalist Emmanuel Motubatsi – popularly known as SK – was found dead under mysterious circumstances.

Daily Sun reported that SK committed suicide on his 31st birthday on Wednesday.

His death left his family puzzled as to what could have caused the singer to take his own life.

They say there were no signs of anything out of the ordinary when he was celebrating his birthday.

The pastor and founder of Joyous Celebration, Jabu Hlongwane, confirmed to City Press that SK had worked with the hugely popular gospel outfit but he was waiting for more information to relay to the media.

Hlongwane offered a message of condolence to those who knew SK and said: “I hope his family find comfort. I know it is not enough, as SK was a talented musician who still had a lot to offer the South African music fraternity.”

He added: “Though I have not seen SK in ages, his death came as a shock to me when I heard on the weekend.”

On Friday, Joyous Celebration’s Facebook page posted the following message: “It is with sadness and grief to announce a former member’s passing. He was popularly known as SK.

Many will remember him for his solo You Raise Me Up. He was a true artist and commonly graced the cabaret and musical performances in theatrical appearances.”

A powerful vocalist, SK’s big break came in 2003 when he made it all the way to the top of the much-hyped reality show, narrowly missing a place in the group of five winners who formed Adilah.

At the time, a City Press reporter described the 21-year-old SK as “a brilliant pianist with a deep voice who is destined for success”.

He was born and raised in Soshanguve, one of a family of eight children. There was no money for a piano, so he practised playing at a local church.

“Time and chance is given to us all to shine. The earth is our stage, let your light shine in the hearts of many, even when you have bowed out,” wrote Joyous Celebration’s Manu Ndlovu on Facebook.

“We can only say: ‘Goodnight SK and welcome home,’” she wrote.

SK is reportedly survived by his daughter Tshepiso. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at his home at 238 block EF in Soshanguve, Tshwane from 6.30am.

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