After a three-year battle with anal cancer‚ musician Koyo Bala, 36, died around 9am on Monday at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town surrounded by his three sisters. He was part of pop gay trio 3Sum.
They were known in the entertainment industry as activists for gay rights. In 2011‚ Bala disclosed that he was HIV-positive to the country‚ a decision he in 2014 told Sunday Times had “cost him work”. In 2014 he was diagnosed with anal cancer.
His last tweet about his illness was on February and it reads: “I pray 2 God everyday 2 help me pass this cancer #itshard #pains #wontgiveup #canwinthisbattle #cantsleepofpains”. Their bandmate Moyo died in 2010‚ reportedly from HIV/Aids-related complications.