Johannesburg - Olympic silver medallist long distance runner Mbulaeni
Mulaudzi died in a car accident, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula's office
confirmed on Friday.
"The minister of sports and recreation, Fikile Mbalula,
MP, has just received the sad news of the untimely death of South Africa's 800m
icon, Mbulaeni Tongani Mulaudzi," the office said in a statement.
He was 34-years-old.
It is not known where the accident happened. Further
information on the long distance runner's death would be made public once
Mbalula had met with the family.
"Mulaudzi, who is the former World Champion… passed on
this afternoon in a car accident. Further details of his death will be divulged
once the minister has interacted with his family. (The) minister sends his
heartfelt condolences to the family of Mbulaeni Mulaudzi."
He won the silver medal for the 800 metres in the 2004
Olympics at Athens, as well as gold at the 2009 World Champs and gold at the
2002 Commonwealth Games.
Fellow athlete and Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena,
who is a long jumper, took to social media to send his condolences.
"I've lost a brother, a friend a champion! Sad news to
my soul! Will miss you my brother! RIP... Death be not proud!!," he wrote