South African saxophonist Moses Khumalo has died at the age of 27. The artist was found on Monday evening (Sept. 4) hanging from a rope in his townhouse.

South African saxophonist Moses Khumalo has died at the age of 27. The artist was found on Monday evening (Sept. 4) hanging from a rope in his townhouse.

A police spokesperson said that, although no note had been found, they are investigating a case of suicide.

Khumalo was born in Meadowlands, Soweto in 1979 and studied piano and saxophone at the Manu Technical College. Although he first played with the Soweto Youth Jazz Band, it was as a member of the late pianist Moses Molelekwa's band that he rose to prominence on the South African jazz scene.

After Molelekwa's suicide on Feb. 13, 2001, Khumalo inked a solo deal with Sheer Sound. His debut solo album “Mntungwa” was released in 2002. The album earned Khumalo the best newcomer trophy at the 2003 SA Music Awards. He followed with “Ibuyile” in 2005.

Khumalo was noted for his saxophone playing as well as his compositional ability. "The untimely death of Moses Khumalo, or 'Moss' as he was affectionately known to all of us, came as a huge shock," Sheer Sound said in a statement.

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