South African soccer star Richard Henyekane was pronounced dead earlier this morning following a car accident.
The 31-year-old, who has made 17 appearances in the South African top flight this term and had played nine times for his national team, was with four other passengers, but was the only one to lose his life.
His club, Free State Stars, confirmed his passing on its official website with the following comments:
“Free State Stars hereby expresses its heartfelt condolences on the passing away of star striker Richard Henyekane in the early hours of this morning.
Henyekane was travelling with four other passengers when they were involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident. He was, unfortunately the only one to lose his life in this incident. We wish to say to the Henyekane family that they must know that we are with them at all times, and trust that they will put all their sorrows in the hands of God the Almighty in this hard period”
“To the Stars family of fans, sponsors, supporters and others we believe that this is a period in which you will remain steadfast in praying for Henyekane’s teammates as they come to terms with this sad moment”
“We wish to say to the Henyekane family that they must know that we are with them at all times, and trust that they will put all their sorrows in the hands of God the Almighty in this hard period,” read a club statement”
Henyekane made his debut for South Africa in 2009, while playing for the Durban-based Golden Arrows team.
He also represented Mamelodi Sundowns, helping them to a 24-0 victory over Powerlines in 2012.
Henyekane’s younger brother Joseph was also a professional footballer before he passed away last year at the age of 30.