DJ Dimplez' family on Monday confirmed the news of his passing, sending a wave of shock through the music industry. Real name Boitumelo Mooi, Dimplez was 40 years old at the time of his passing. "It is with deep sadness that the Mooi family announces the untimely passing of Boitumelo Athiel Mooi, popularly known as DJ Dimplez", the statement read.
The news comes after hours of rife speculation on social platforms, in which fans and peers began expressing grief over the possibility. Mooi's passing comes just a week after the South African Hip Hop industry bid farewell to Riky Rick, one of the game's most prominent artists, as well as a collaborator for DJ Dimplez.
"He passed away on March 6, 2022 from a sudden brain haemorrhage", the statement continued, with the family asking for respect "as we process Tumi's tragic passing".
DJ Dimplez played a key role in the explosion of the South African Hip Hop landscape. He first rose to prominence in 2014, after the release of his smash hit Way Up, which featured Cassper Nyovest and JR. This success was quickly followed by the release of the Amantombazane Remix, which came out during the same year. Amongst a slew of rappers who make guest appearance on the song is Riky Rick, who was recently laid to rest.
Other mega hits on his catalogue include Vacation with Anatii & Da LES, as well as Yaya with Dreamteam and Anatii.
Mooi is also known for creating the Pop Bottles franchise of premium lifestyle events, many on which Channel O partnered.
Channel O will be paying tribute for DJ Dimplez on Tuesday at 11:30 - 12:00 and 17:00 - 17:30.