MASERU — The entertainment industry has been robbed of yet another star following the untimely death of DJ Tsidosky last Saturday.
Born Retsélisitsoe Chalale, the popular jockey failed to recover from serious injuries sustained in a car accident on September 11 this year.
He was 32.
DJ Tsidosky was a member of Queens Entertainment, led by former radio personality Refiloe Mohlotsane.
His death comes barely four months after the passing on of DJ Kennysto, who was also part of the Queens Entertainment crew.
DJ Kennysto collapsed while visiting a friend in the capital and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
According to Mohlotsane, DJ Tsidosky is said to have been travelling alone in his VW Golf when it collided with a Toyota Corolla a few kilometres from the National University of Lesotho campus at Roma.
He was said to be on his way from Roma to a bash at Machabeng College near the city centre.
Full details of the accident could not be established, but Mohlotsane said she heard from eye-witnesses that DJ Tsidosky went into comatose after the crash.
He was rushed to St Joseph’s Hospital at Roma before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Maseru, according to Mohlotsane.
Since then DJ Tsidosky was on life support until he died around 2am on Saturday, she said.
“He was a true fighter,” Mohlotsane told the Lesotho Times.
“He hanged in there for the whole week and for some reason and knowing him for the fighter he was I wanted to think that he would pull through.”
“This is not just a loss to me as a friend and a business partner, but a blow to the whole entertainment industry and I don’t have the right words to express my this loss,” she added.
PC FM’s DJ Bootz, one of the last people to see DJ Tsidosky alive, said he had hoped his colleague would come out of his coma and recover.
One of DJ Tsidosky’s friends, Lekhoko Chele, said he could not believe that the entertainer was no more, especially coming hard on the heels of DJ Kennysto’s death.
Chele, who escaped a fatal accident in May which left him crippled, said the sudden death of his friends had left him wondering “who is next?”
Former radio presenter Rethabile Chabana said she was shocked by DJ Tsidosky’s death and that it would take time to come to terms with the loss.
“I was with him on the Friday before his accident and because I had not seen him in a long time, we got a chance to sit down, laugh and catch up,” Chabana said.
“This is a huge blow, not only to Queens Entertainment, but to the industry as a whole especially so soon after the passing on of DJ Kennysto. He will be missed and may his soul rest in peace.”
DJ Hally, who worked with DJ Tsidosky at Queens Entertainment, said he will miss him a lot.
“He was a friendly character,” he said. “He had his own battles but he was all round a good person and a good DJ too.”
DJ Alex also expressed shock at the death.
“We have lost two people within a year and it makes one think hard about life,” said DJ Alex.
DJ Tsidosky will be buried on October 3 in Butha-Buthe, 125km north of Maseru, Mohlotsane said.
She said Queens Entertainment was organising a farewell bash for DJ Tsidosky.
“Just like we did for Kennysto we are also going to have a bash in his memory and likewise this will be a contribution from the Queen’s Entertainment family,” Mohlotsane said.
Tsidosky leaves behind a wife and a small baby.