The musician surrendered to a battle with cancer yesterday morning at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town.
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Before he died the 36-year-old gay musician and socialite had confirmed thatthe anal cancer he was diagnosed with in 2012 had returned. In the recent past Bala had staged a brave fight against cancer and had been diagnosed HIV positive. Speaking to the publication, Bala had said: “I went for chemotherapy for six weeks and a radiation programme two years ago, but the cancer came back severely.”
Bala, best known as a member of defunct gay trio 3Sum, in 2012 underwent an operation to remove piles. He was, however, following tests told that he didn’t have piles, but cancer.
Bala was diagnosed with cancer a few months after he publicly admitted that he was HIV positive, a period in which he also lost his mother to stroke.
Speaking for the family longtime friend and housemate Ephraim “Ephymol” Molingoana told Sowetan Live that Bala always kept a positive outlook and remained strong throughout his illness. “We are devastated and in state of disbelief,” he said. The flamboyant 37-year-old was a member of ‘bubblegum pop’ group 3Sum along with Jeff Moyo and Amstel Maboa. Bala had hinted at a comeback to the music scene when he posted a picture in studio captioned “Let’s go back to the beat”.
Maboa is now the only remaining member of the group as Bala’s death follows that of Jeff Moyo who was laid to rest in 2010.