South African music producer and Amapiano pioneer, Oupa John Sefoka, popularly known as DJ Sumbody, is dead.
It was reported that the Amapiano artist was shot dead in the early hours of Sunday, November 20, in Johannesburg.
According to local news media, DJ Sumbody and his entourage were traveling on Woodmead Road when unidentified gunmen attacked their vehicle.
DJ Sumbody and one of his bodyguards are said to have died on the spot, while a third person believed to be one of his bodyguards is in critical condition after miraculously surviving the barrage of bullets.
Confirming the attack, the police in Gauteng said they are searching for suspects and investigating the circumstances that led to the attack on the singer.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo said in a statement:
“Police received a complaint about a shooting on Woodmead Drive at approximately 12.30am. Upon arrival at the scene, police found two people inside a VW Golf with gunshot wounds. Both victims, a driver, and a passenger were certified dead on the scene. It was reported that the third victim, who was driving a BMW X5, was taken to the nearest medical care centre after sustaining gunshot wounds.
“Gauteng acting provincial commissioner Major-General Tommy Mthombeni, has deployed maximum resources to trace suspects responsible for this shooting. Police appeal to anyone with information that can help in the investigation or assist in the apprehension of the suspects to call the crime stop number or report to the nearest police station. Information can also be given anonymously via my SAPS App that can be downloaded from any smartphone.”
Also confirming his death, his management, Sumsounds Music released a statement which reads:
Artist and musician DJ Sumbody has died. Details of his untimely death cannot be released, but the artist named Oupa John Sefoka allegedly ran into an unfortunate incident that led to his passing in the early hours of Sunday morning, 20 November.”
The statement adds that the Sefoka family “have kindly requested privacy” as “investigations are still ongoing”.
Details of the funeral and memorial service will be announced in due course.
RIP DJ Sumbody.