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Rumours reigned in showbiz yesterday when word spread like wildfire that veteran lead singer of the award-winning mbaqanga group Soul Brothers, David Masondo, had hanged himself on Monday.
The rumours followed the discovery of a man hanging from the rafters of the balcony of the musician's Soweto house.
News agency Sapa had earlier reported that the Soul Brothers singer had hanged himself. They quoted police spokesman Inspector Kay Makhubele as saying: "Masondo's wife found him (Masondo) hanging from their balcony on a rope.
"It is alleged that he may have committed suicide last night (Monday).
"At this stage we have no motive for the suicide and an inquest will be opened."
Musician Mzwakhe Mbuli also spread the news through an SMS, stating: "David Masondo of the Soul Brothers is dead."
After confusion reigned on the local showbiz scene most of Monday evening - about the fate of the embattled musician - it was eventually confirmed that the man found hanging on the balcony of Masondo's house was not the singer.
"I have been there, and the man we found hanging is not Masondo.
"What is surprising, though, is how the man got entry into the house.
"Masondo was not at home because of the protection order," said Mbuli, who was one of the first people on the scene.
Masondo, 56, was last week granted R500 bail at the Protea magistrate's court after his wife Nomsa sought the help of cops when he appeared at his home, in contravention of a protection order granted to his wife.