Themba Sikhupelo‚ cousin to Vusi who is popularly known as Duke Soul‚ was at a hospital in Kimberley when speaking to us. “He was my brother. We started Duke Soul Productions together. I’ve known him for my whole life. It’s a very emotional time. We are taking his body to the morgue now‚” he said while choking back tears.
In a short message posted to the Duke Soul Productions Facebook page on Monday‚ the label’s Major P announced the news.
“I’m sorry to announce that Duke Soul passed away this morning. He always loved the Duke Soul Music family very much. Let’s stay strong‚” the statement read.
Fans have responded to the news with shock and sadness‚ with many taking to social media to pay tribute to the musician.
todays is the saddest day to the deep house society, Dukesoul passed away this morning. #RIPDukeSoul
— DeepHouseCollector (@annointedhustle) 11 April 2016
The house DJ‚ who was born and raised in Kimberley‚ was admitted to hospital on 1 April. His cousin told TMG Entertainment that he had earlier collapsed at O.R Tambo International Airport and had been in and out of hospital for a few weeks now.
At the time Major P took to Facebook to ask people to pray for the him. “I would like to ask you guys to pray and wish Duke Soul a speedy recovery as he’s in hospital. We love you Duke Soul Music family have a safe and awesome weekend.”
No funeral arrangements have made been as yet.