Singer, songwriter and dance music vocalist, Nichume Siwundla has passed away, Top Chap Media confirmed the news on Friday morning.
In a statement by the record label, it’s revealed that she died in an apparent suicide on Thursday night.
“Nichume was found at a friend’s place last night following an apparent suicide.”
The singer will be remembered for her stellar work and collaborations including; Mobi Dixon’s hit ‘Bhutiza’ and ‘Daydreaming’ by Fistaz Mixwell.
“It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our fellow musician, sister and friend Nichume. Nichume was found at a friend’s place last night following an apparent suicide.
She was an accomplished musician and a qualified ophthalmologist. Nichume reached the heights of her fame when she lent her voice to Mobi Dixon’s hit ‘Bhutiza’. She featured on single ‘Daydreaming’ by Fistaz Mixwell and Mobi Dixon, as well as ‘Far Away’ by DJ Anda featuring Mobi Dixon.”
Qamani Siwundla (her brother) expressed: “We, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well. We obviously are left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family and whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness.”
Condolences messages have already started pouring in social media from the industry and fans:
We're deeply saddened by the tragic passing of a shining star & celebrated musician Nichume Refeloe Siwundla – a talented daughter of the soil whose lovely voice reverberated in our hearts & gifted us lasting memories. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. #RIPNichume pic.twitter.com/QXjl06l4bn
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) June 7, 2019
Deepest Condolence To Nichume's Family, Friends & Fan. Mzansi Has Once Again Lost Another Star. We Mourning! It's Sad Day For Mzansi. May Her Soul Rest In Peace ❤️#RIPNichume pic.twitter.com/22pDOnQK4u
— Bonginkosi B* Mbele🦋 (@BongiBMbele) June 7, 2019
— Prince Bulo (@PrinceBulo) June 7, 2019
Depression, the dark cloud looms over South African youth 💔#RIPNichume
— Tumi on Isithembiso 🎬📺 (@Busi_SK) June 7, 2019