Jan Blohm bassist dies

2012-10-10 10:22
Cape Town – Well-known musician and bass guitarist Martin "Basvanger" Labuschagne, who played bass guitar for Afrikaans rocker Jan Blohm for the last six years, has died.

According to a spokesperson, Labuschagne, 35, died on Wednesday at 02:00.

He was hospitalised on 25 September after contracting a serious infection. He was then diagnosed with Septicemia and admitted to ICU at the Union Hospital Alberton.

Volksblad reported on Tuesday that plans were being made to move Labuschagne to Johannesburg General Hospital where he would've been under the care of a Wits professor.

Labuschagne has been in the music industry for the last 17 years of which he played bass for Jan Blohm for the last six.

"He is just as [much a] part of the Jan Blohm brand as I am," Blohm told Channel24.

Blohm also posted a message on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning saying, "We lost a brilliant musician, good friend and lovable person. We are broken! We will miss you friend! We love you so much!"

Labuschagne also played for bands such as Jo Day, The New Academics, Gents of Leisure and cover band White Rabbit.

Generous friends and musicians recently organised concerts to help pay Labuschagne's medical bills. Two more concerts on 16 and 23 October will still be happening according to the Facebook page that was set up to raise funds.

For more information visit Jan Blohm's website.

Watch Jan Blohm's video for 7 Jaar here:


  • desiree.duplessis.10 - 2012-10-10 12:06

    This is so sad! Martin was an amazing musician and he will be missed! RIP Martin.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-10-10 12:23

    shame - thats so sad. RIP Martin.

  • mwsprawson - 2012-10-10 12:25

    I've never met a harder rocking man in my life.

  • eckard.potgieter - 2012-10-11 02:39

    this is not only sad and disturbing, it's a reality check, a sock on the jaw

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