South African musician, Koyo Bala has passed away at the Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town after battling with anal cancer for 4 years.

The 36-year-old gay musician and socialite was also an HIV positive patient.

During one of his interviews, Bala, best known as a member of defunct gay trio 3Sum revealed that  “I went for chemotherapy for six weeks and a radiation programme two years ago, but the cancer came back severely.”

As his situation got worse, he was transferred to Victoria Hospital where he was diagnosed with anal cancer.

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"The doctors told me they were surprised [I had the cancer] because it is something that is more prevalent in women,” he explained.

A close friend of the late musician reminisced after his demise that, “Bala always kept a positive outlook and remained strong throughout his illness. “We are devastated and in state of disbelief”.