Cape Town - The family of the late former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman have revealed the ex-Premiership star died after a battle with meningitis.
Bartman passed away recently at the age of 46, just a short while before his 47th birthday.
The former Maritzburg United goalkeeper coach was earmarked to have a fine coaching career before he contracted what eventually became a fatal illness.
The Bartman family have issued a statement thanking the South African football public for their support and calling for there to be awareness about the condition.
The full statement from the Bartman family is as follows:
"The Bartman Family are most grateful and so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support received by so many.
"The Family is deeply saddened by the loss of a great Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, great friend and soccer legend.
"Arthur was diagnosed with meningitis in November 2018 in Pietermaritzburg and came home to East London in December to recover. He was doing well up until January but suffered a relapse on the 22nd of February and was readmitted to East London Private (Life) Hospital. He sadly succumbed to his battle against meningitis on the eve of Tuesday 19th March 2019.
"The Bartman Family wishes to thank the soccer-loving fans, the teammates of Arthur, Prosport International, the various PSL clubs, the Amakhosi Family and Maritzburg United for the beautiful tributes to Arthur, and the various displays of support being extended to the family during our time of deep grief.
"We urge for more awareness and recognition of the battle against meningitis through the display of the burgundy ribbon."