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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 6, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A promising South African jazz saxophonist, Moses Khumalo, 26, was found dead in an apparent case of suicide in his apartment in West Rand, South Africa.

Police were investigating after Khumalo's girlfriend found him Monday, hanging from the roof of his townhouse, the Johannesburg Star reported.

Khumalo was born in Soweto in 1979 and studied piano and saxophone at Manu Technical College.

He got into the Johannesburg jazz scene as a member of the late pianist Moses Molelekwa's band and performed both locally and abroad for three years.

Khumalo 's debut album, "Mntungwa," released in 2002, won the best newcomer prize in the South African Music Awards.

"It is with deep sense of sadness and pain that we announce the passing of one of the finest and most promising young jazz musicians to have emerged from South Africa," said Damon Forbes and Don Khalid, managing director and marketing and publicity manager of Sheer Sound, Khumalo's recording company.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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