Papy Faty's passing has saddened Mzansi and people took to social media to express their sorrow. It quickly became apparent that his heart condition had been public knowledge, with many highlighting the importance of heeding medical advice.
Papy Faty collapsed during a match and South Africa is heartbroken. Sympathy for the former Bidvest Wits player streamed in on social media.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier today that the player had been forewarned by doctors that continuing to play posed a major risk to his health.
Nevertheless, Faty persisted, moving from one team to the next when his health issues became a problem.
People wished the player well on his journey into the afterlife, but numerous commentators stopped to stress that his death could have been avoided, had he only listened to doctors.
However, numerous fans pointed out that the player had died doing what he loved most, and that his determination was something not everyone could claim to have.
This incident had made two things abundantly clear. First, listen to your medical practitioner, they don't just hand out fancy degrees to anyone. Second, if you truly love what you do, even the fear of death won't stop you from doing it.
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