Organising committee mourns singer's death

The World Cup organising committee South Africa has expressed its condolences to the friends and family of singer Siphiwo Ntshebe who died on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old tenor had been handpicked by former president Nelson Mandela to convey a message of hope at the opening ceremony of the World Cup on June 11.

He passed away after a short illness.

Organising Committee chief executive officer Danny Jordaan expressed shock at the news of Ntshebe's death.

"We are saddened to hear of this young man's death. He was a prodigious talent who would have taken a message of hope from the World Cup to the whole world. It is a sad day indeed for South Africa's art and football communities." said Jordaan. - Sapa

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