Is 38 Club taking over from the 27s?

JOHANNESBURG - Is the 38 Club South African's own version of the infamous 27 Club?

That's the question on the public's lips after hip-hop star HHP died on Wednesday at the age of 38.

HHP had previously spoken out about his battle with depression.

He is one of a couple of South African celebs who passed away recently.

Racing driver Gugu Zulu died in 2016 after he was rushed to hospital in Tanzania.

Zulu was on Mount Kilimanjaro with his wife, Letshego, when he experienced breathing problems.

Kwaito singer Mduduzi Tshabalala, also known as Mandoza, also died in 2016 at the age of 38.

His family confirmed he was being treated at home for a brain tumour.

In 2017, gospel musician Lundi Tyamara died after a battle with stomach TB and a liver condition.

Another star who died in 2017 just four months shy of his 38th birthday, was gospel icon Sfiso Ncwane.

Ncwane died of kidney failure.

The infamous 27 Club originated between 1969 and 1971 when Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27.

In recent years, the list grew with Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jonathan Brandis and Anton Yelchin.

But is 38 the new 27? One would hope not.

- Lubabalo Konzapi