Vusi Ma R5 Shot Dead

The talented Bacardi artist Itumeleng Mosoeu aka Vusi Ma R5 reportedly passed away in the early hours of Monday, 30 January at 34 years.

The star Itumeleng Mosoeu known by his fans as Vusi Ma R5 or the Bacardi king was reportedly gunned down in the early hours of this morning at Soshanguve M17, Pretoria. Daily Sun reports that he was shot dead outside Majents Social Club where he was performing.

His management Tribal Records confirmed his passing to The South African in a statement:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Vusi MaR5, a beloved and talented artists who inspired countless fans fellow artists with his music. The artists Itumeleng Mosoeu allegedly ran into an unfortunate incident that led to his untimeley passing in the early hours of Monday morning, 30th January 2023.”

“Please note that details of his passing cannot be disclosed as they are still being investigated.”

“The Mosoeu family and Tribal records management have kindly asked for privacy and respect during this time of grieving and will release a statement in due course.”

“Details of the funeral and management service will be confirmed.”

Mosoeu’s passing comes barely two months after amapiano pioneer Oupa John Sefoka popularly known as DJ Sumbody and his bodyguard were shot dead on 20 November 2022 in Woodmead, Sandton.



“No one carried Bacardi music like you did Bro! Rest in Perfect Peace Vusi MaR5! You will forever be missed #RIPMaR5.”


“Condolences to the family and friends of the king of Bacardi #vusimaR5 may your legacy and spark in the industry live forever.”



“Pitori really lost a real one he was the King of Bacardi.”


“RIP Vusi MaR5 we’ve lost the president of Bacardi. Rest Well “

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