Ex-cricketer killed - reports

2012-04-17 22:00
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Cape Town - A 45-year-old man - thought to be former Namibian and South African domestic cricketer Louis Vorster - was shot dead in Muldersdrift on Tuesday night, Gauteng police told SAPA.

He was leaving a filling station when a gold Volkswagen with two men inside blocked his way, Tshisikhwawe Ndou, a police spokesperson said.

One of the men walked up to him and fired a shot at him, while the other went to the passenger side of his vehicle and grabbed a bag. They fled.

"He was declared dead at the scene," said Ndou, adding that a murder case had been opened. He could not confirm whether the person who died was Vorster.

News about Vorster's death surfaced on Twitter on Tuesday night.

Vorster made his first class debut in the 1985/86 season and represented Northern Transvaal, North West, Namibia, Matabeleland, Transvaal and the Worcestershire county in England.

His last listed first class match was for Namibia against Easterns in Windhoek in October 2009.

He scored 4 786 first class runs at an average of 33,23, with a highest score of 188.

Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel was stunned when he heard the news. "Tonight I'm crying like a baby! Lost a great friend! Rip Louis Vorster..#anothercrimevictiminSA!!" Morkel tweeted.

Former Proteas spinner Pat Symcox tweeted: "Louis Vorster ex-cricketer gunned down MURDEReD outside Pta!soooo sooo sad.What a nice guy."

Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph tweeted: "Another senseless murder in SA...RIP Louis Vorster".

South African swimming legend Ryk Neethling said: "A great man's life was violently ended tonight. R.I.P Louis Vorster".

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