After a three-year battle with anal cancer‚ musician Koyo Bala died around 9am on Monday at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
 
In the recent past Bala has staged a brave fight against cancer and had been diagnosed HIV positive.

According to his cousin Linda Bala‚ the musician was “admitted to hospital on Sunday around 4pm after he complained about pain”. This was two hours since landing in Cape Town from a trip to Johannesburg‚ where he was staying with his long-term friend and group member‚ Maboa.

“We suspect that his kidney had failed and he relapsed. When he came back from Johannesburg he went to see his doctor and was immediately admitted‚ but this morning we were told that akasekho (he is no more)‚” said the cousin.

The flamboyant 37-year-old was a member of ‘bubblegum pop’ group 3Sum along with Jeff Moyo and Amstel Maboa. 
 
Maboa is now the only remaining member of the group as Bala’s death follows that of Jeff Moyo who was laid to rest in 2010.

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