Ewie Cronje, former President of the Free State Cricket Union and father of ex-Proteas captain Hansie Cronje, died on Monday afternoon.
He was 80.
Ewie Cronje's son Frans confirmed the sad news.
Writing on social media, Frans said: My dad went to be with Lord at 2:05 pm this afternoon. He was at peace and we are so thankful for the full life he had and wonderful dad that he was. From my mom, my sister and me, thank you so much for all the wonderful messages of the last few months. We will not be able to answer phone calls today, but will read every Whats App and other message. With much love...
(We decided, due to Covid 19 not to have any funeral at this stage. We will notify friends and family of any future arrangements.)
Ewie Cronje played 27 first-class matches for Free State between 1960 and 1971, but was better known for his time in administration. He played a leading role in establishing and growing cricket at the University of the Free State and went on to become president of Free State Cricket Union, a position he held between 1983 and 1990.
Cronje was also a SuperSport Afrikaans commentator and tributes poured in as news of his death spread.
Cronje, who had been battling stomach cancer, is survived by his wife San-Marie, son Frans and daughter Hester.
Hansie Cronje tragically lost his life at age 32 in a plane crash in June 2002.