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In the recent past Bala has staged a brave fight against cancer and had been diagnosed HIV positive.
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.