SA shares heartfelt tributes to nightclub owner Chris Coutroulis
People have flooded social media with tributes to Chris Coutroulis, Taboo nightclub founder and husband to former Miss SA Vanessa Carreira, who died after a lengthy illness on Tuesday.
Sources confirmed that the club owner died after a lengthy stay in hospital.
Coutroulis opened up many upmarket nightclubs and venues from the 90s, such as Papparazzi, Taboo, The VIP Room, ONYX and C to name a few.
Taking to social media, politicians, celebrities, Vanessa's admires and club patriots expressed their sadness over the loss and paid tribute to the man many described as excellent.
His close friend, Nicky van der Walt, penned a heartfelt message of farewell to his friend on Instagram.
“Today is probably the hardest and saddest day of my life ... we’ve lost a friend, a brother, a father and a husband. You were a giant among men, a gentleman, a legend. You’ve fought the bravest and hardest battle for your family like a lion.
“Not a day will pass that I will not miss you Chris. You were one of my best friends, a mentor and a brother. You were good and generous to all those around you. You were kind to me and hard when needed and taught me a lot. Lessons I will cherish all my life. You were an incredible father and husband, someone we all looked up to. You changed the entertainment industry forever. We will carry on in your honour and memory,” he said.
Coutroulis married Vanessa on July 27, 2007 and the couple have four children together — including a set of triplets.
Here are more tributes from social media:
Here is to a legend, the great to ever do and excel in it. We are inspired by your attention to detail and dedication to excellent service. Through your establishments you’ve grown talent and created opportunities for more.— FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) December 1, 2021
Rest In Peace Chris🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/9mp8n0Uc5j
DEVASTATING news 💔💔 Uncle Chris…. We will miss u Ballie,your contribution to the Game,to the JHB scene, to the Careers of the biggest and best -and to MY LIFE & Career WILL NEVER be forgotten.I am broken🥺. A LEGEND has Fallen. Until we meet again. R.I.P. Chris Coutroulis 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/ItGDcCyIap— Warras (@Shady_Lurker) November 30, 2021
Chris Coutroulis taught me so much man. I will never forget this man. 😭. Great man. Rest In Peace King.— Dj Dimplez (@DjDimplez) November 30, 2021
Chris Coutroulis was one of my first friends in Joburg, when I started working at @5FM Through the years, he always asked about my family and made sure we were looked after in his clubs and restaurants. My deepest condolences to Vanessa and family. #RIPchris #chriscoutroulis pic.twitter.com/i2RdaGfjTl— Jennifer Su (Jen Su) (@jennifer_su) December 1, 2021