Bacardi music pioneer Vusi Ma R5 has died

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Itumeleng 'Vusi MaR5' Mosoeu in Thaba (Ke Chenchitse)
Itumeleng 'Vusi MaR5' Mosoeu in Thaba (Ke Chenchitse)
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Bacardi music pioneer Itumeleng Mosoeu, known as Vusi Ma R5, has died.

Per a statement to News24, his manager Mothusi Mokhwazo said the Tse Nnyane hitmaker "ran into an unfortunate incident that led to his untimely passing in the early hours of Monday morning, 30 January".

He added that details surrounding the musician's death could not be disclosed as they were still being investigated.

"The Mosoeu family and Tribal Records management have kindly asked for privacy and respect during this time of grieving and will release a statement in due course," Mokhwazo said. "Details of the funeral and memorial service will be confirmed."

In a statement to News24, police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello confirmed Vusi Ma R5 was shot and killed. She said he was found "lying next to the road with gunshot wounds".

"According to reports, the victim was sitting with his friends outside a tavern at ext 13, in Soshanguve, when he went across the road to the car. The others allegedly just heard gunshots, and when they went to investigate, they found the victim lying on the ground," Sello said.

No suspects were arrested, and a murder investigation is ongoing.

Vusi Ma R5's death comes two months after fellow Pretoria musician and businessman Oupa 'DJ Sumbody' Sefoka was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Johannesburg. His funeral took place on 26 November.

READ MORE | DJ Sumbody's friends and family call for justice at memorial: 'My heart is broken'

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