After a three-year battle with anal cancer‚ musician Koyo Bala died yesterday at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town “surrounded by his three sisters”.
The 36-year-old South African musician who had been openly living with HIV since 2011, battled with anal cancer for about 2 years after he was diagnosed in 2014, before the ailment claimed his life on Monday, March 7.
Bala was a member of a 3-man gay pop group known as 3Sum, who were famous in the South African entertainment industry for being gay rights activists.
His fellow band mate boyo died in 2010‚ reportedly from HIV/Aids-related complications.
HIV-positive Bala, had complained of serious pains on his return to Cape Town from Johannesburg, and was taken to the Groote Schuur hospital where he passed the next morning.
His last tweet about his illness was on February reads: “I pray 2 God everyday 2 help me pass this cancer #itshard #pains #wontgiveup #canwinthisbattle #cantsleepofpains”.
Messages of condolences have flooded the social media with many saddened by the news of Bala’s death.