Jabulani Ndaba, of the award-winning Afro-pop group Malaika, died yesterday.
Ndaba had suffered from TB since 2006.
Malaika's manager, Stacey Gule, said Ndaba died at 12:13pm in Tshepong Hospital, Klerksdorp.
"The family and the group are devastated by Jabu's death. He had a very vibrant personality and accommodated all people. He was a very humble and talented person," she sobbed.
Born in Klerksdorp, North West, on October 4 1976, Ndaba was a multitalented musician who produced a number of the group's songs.
Gule said his creativity as a singer, composer and producer had helped boost Malaika.
"He also produced songs for artists such as DJ Sbu and Robby Malinga," she said.
Ndaba's health woes started in 2006 when he disappeared for months and resurfaced just as the group was about to release its third album, Sekunjalo.
Last year Ndaba bewildered everyone when he did not take part in the group's promotional tours. His sickness made headlines when his ex-girlfriend died and he denied claims he was HIV-positive.
Ndaba started his music career in 1995 with a five-member kwaito group called Stouters. In 2003 Ndaba, Bongani Nchang and Matshediso Moholo formed Malaika.