Multi award-winning singer HHP entertains the crowd that braved the cold weather at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens in 2012. Picture: African News Agency(ANA)

Amid the shock and sadness following HHP’s untimely death, fans and fellow musicians flocked to social media to pay homage to the late hip-hop legend.

One Twitter post stood out, sparking a debate about South African musicians dying before the age of 40.

The user listed the names and ages of local musicians who passed away just before or at the age of 38. He wrote:

"Flabba died age 37
Mandoza died age 38
Lundi died age 38
Sfiso Ncwane died age 37
Prokid died age 37

Now  HHP... died at age 38?

We just carry on like it's all a coincidence?

He went on to mention members of “27 Club", which is a colloquial name given to a group of influential rock musicians who died at the age of 27.

The website 27 Club members also lists some of the greatest musicians who died before the age of 30.

This could be a mere coincidence or fate, however, even the legendary Brenda Fassie died at the age of 39.

Does South Africa really feature under some invisible "clubs" radar somewhere? Fans seem to think so.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions to the theory:

Meanwhile, tributes continue to pour in on social media for fallen rapper, Hip Hop Pantsula. The "Bosso ke Mang" hitmaker passed away at his home in Randburg on Wednesday. His cause of death is yet to be disclosed.