Some media attribute the horrific death to “Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy” (“sudden and unexpected death in epilepsy”), others note that the incident further fuels concern about vaccination side effects in young, healthy people: Rapper Costa Tsobanoglou , known as Costa Titch, died on Saturday night after collapsing on stage during a show. He was only 28 years old.
Costa Titch performed at a music festival in his native South Africa. Shocking video footage (see here and here) show how the young man first falls during his performance, but then, with the support of another musician, quickly gets up and continues singing – only to then collapse again and fall off the stage. Several people immediately rushed to his aid and carried the rapper, who was initially wriggling his legs, backstage, but apparently he could not be saved: his family has now announced his death on Instagram. The police told AFP that the cause of death should be determined during an autopsy.
The 28-year-old is said to have suffered from epilepsy. First media attribute his tragic death to a so-called “Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)”, which is strikingly reminiscent of the “Sudden Adult Death Syndrome” (a synonym for “unexplained” cardiac death). The seizure could have been triggered by the light show, it is said. Elsewhere, one reads that the footage of his sudden collapse further fueled fears of sudden cardiac death among young Covid vaccinates. As is so often the case, the young man’s vaccination status is not known.
The sympathy in the social networks is great. Many stated on Instagram that they would include the shocked and grieving family in their prayers. People were stunned by the young musician’s early death. “One of the nicest people I know,” commented one user. Another wrote: “I’m so sorry bro. You were a living legend who gave everything for the arts and only got bigger and better. Thank you for inspiring us all. You will be missed.”
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