- Koyo Bala has died after a short battle with cancer on Monday morning
- Bala had previously confirmed that he had been diagnosed of having anal cancer
- Bala alongside Jeff Moyo and Amstel Maboa were members of the defunct 3Sum
- He was treated with radiation and chemotherapy for six weeks
- Bala had hinted of a comeback to the music scene
Gay South African musician Koyo Bala has died after a short battle with cancer on Monday morning at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Before he died, the 36-year-old who is also a socialite, confirmed that the anal cancer he was diagnosed with in 2012 had returned.
A member of defunct gay trio 3Sum band, along with Jeff Moyo and Amstel Maboa in 2012 underwent an operation to remove piles but after several test were conducted, doctors told him he didn’t have piles, but cancer.
Bala was thus treated with radiation and chemotherapy for six weeks and only recently referred to the Victoria Hospital in Cape Town, where he was scheduled to have surgery in the coming weeks.
He had previously published and explained that, “I was referred to Cape Town to do the operation by doctors in Johannesburg. The doctors told me they were surprised [I had the cancer] because it is something that is more prevalent in women.”
Bala who staged a brave fight against the cancer admitted publicly that he had tested positive to HIV too.
Longtime friend and housemate Ephraim “Ephymol” Molingoana who spoke on behalf of the family, told Sowetan Live that, “we are devastated and in state of disbelief.”
Koyo Bala had hinted of a comeback to the music scene when he posted a picture of himself in the studio captioned “Let’s go back to the beat”.
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".