World Cup singer Siphiwo Ntshebe dies: Your comments

Siphiwo Ntshebe Nteshebe was chosen to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony

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Siphiwo Ntshebe, the South African opera singer chosen by Nelson Mandela to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony, has died from meningitis.

He was due to perform his new track Hope at the opening ceremony in Johannesburg on June 11.

Ntshebe, who studied at London's Royal College of Music between 2004 and 2007, had performed throughout Europe. Mr Mandela had previously praised the tenor as "a young South African with so much talent that has, despite challenges of the past, chosen to work hard at a better future".

BBC News website readers in Africa and around the world have been sending their comments about the singer.

World Cup opera singer dies at 34

Oh it was so sad to hear the news, we were still looking forward to seeing him growi in the industry with that fabulous voice. The country has really lost, may his spirit rest in peace.

Rita, Cape Town, South Africa

It's sad to see how death deals a blow on those who have the potential to affect the nation - and the world. Indeed, through a music mesmerised with hope and transformation. Siphiwo was a talent that fate never allowed to come to the limelight. Though we might hear the lyrics of the song and hope, we will never see the voice behind the song again. Siphiwo, may your soul rest in peace my dear brother.

Essien Ama, Johannesburg, South Africa

Oh, what a loss! May his soul rest in peace. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Nolwazi Addo-Obiri, Midrand, South Africa

It is a great loss and his mission is now unfulfilled. He should have been alive to be part of history at South Africa 2010. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Ademuagun Opeyemi, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti-State, Nigeria

Siphiwo Ntshebe had an angelic voice. His death is a great loss to the South African people, Africa as a whole and to the World Cup opening. Siphiwo, may your soul rest in perfect peace, it's too early for you to go, you were so young and talented but only god knows why.

Njandjou Ngewoh Pascal, Buea, Cameroon

Inspiration has left the heart of Africa but we still stand strong because of the sweet melodies that have remained behind. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Chisola Maloba, Lusaka, Zambia

What a shock to all of us in Ghana. We really do love his music, it has a unique message of hope for the world and Africa as a whole. May his gentle soul rest in everlasting peace.

Nana Amo Essel Michael, Accra, Ghana

The departed soul will be missed greatly by his loved ones, his family, and his fans not only in his home town but all over the world. He impacted all and sundry with his style of music. Though he has gone, his music lives on with those of us that are alive. Rest in peace, brother.

Blankson, Awa Ibom State, Nigeria

What a loss. My older brother in the UK told me about him and gave me his song to listen to. I was actually waiting for the World Cup to listen to more of his songs. He's really cool. I'll miss him at the opening ceremony.

Adebajo Seyi Anthony, Lagos, Nigeria

Ntshebe will be sadly missed by his fans. He had shown the world that music is a universal language. Opera is not the music that South Africans usually celebrate, but there is uniqueness in every individual and it must have been a challenge to reach across audiences that feel the words or lyrics out of your mouth must be set in a cultural, colour, or origin, category. Music is how you feel, a thought, a process to share with all those who are willing to open their eyes and listen to what could be an exchange of each other's differences to bring people together with one common goal to respect, share and enjoy our creativity.

Katyce Dawn Forbes, USA

I was born and raised in South Africa, and hearing these news it's very sad, we lost a hero in music, the role model to our brothers and sisters who love Opera music. Rest in peace, Ntshebe.

Zizilemngadi , Bronx, New York, USA

I have never been a fan of opera and my Italian certainly sucks, but I listen to Siphiwo Ntshebe and always will. True talents make sense even in Greek. Your spirit will live on, Ntshebe. Sleep, Africa's Pavarotti, sleep. You were a breath of love.

Sumi-Assumpter Akumu, Australia

I studied, sang and joked with Siphiwo at the Royal College of Music in London, he was one of the most positive and humorous people you could possibly find and could have been someone to lead South Africa in the right direction. So, so sad.

Clemens, Innsbruck, Australia

I attended the Royal College of Music at the same time as Siphiwo and can't believe he's gone. He was a truly wonderful singer and a pleasant, friendly man to all. A great talent has been lost today.

Mary, London, UK

I met Siphiwo and heard him sing last summer in Preston and the news is devastating. He had real star quality and has been taken from us just as he was about to have his greatest moment. Instead of singing on the biggest stage on 11 June he will be singing with the angels instead. This is so sad that such a talented artist has been taken from us.

Damian, Preston, UK

I am in shock, I met him at the South African embassy in London and everyone was amazed by his voice and performance. I was there with my co-workers from the Lion King, we were invited to perform as well. May his soul rest in peace... gone too soon...

Azola Dlamini, Stratford, UK

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