- Die-hard Orlando Pirates fan, Mandla 'Mgijimi' Sindane, has suddenly passed away and he will be leaving a gap in the fanbase that no one can fill
- Sindane reportedly died in his sleep, according to a statement by his brother on behalf of the bereaved family
- He died on Monday evening but his body was only discovered the following day after he spent the night alone at home
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South Africa has lost yet another well-known life this week. The world of soccer is mourning the tragic and sudden death of Mandla 'Mgijimi' Sindane. The Orlando Pirates superfan passed away in sleep on Monday evening.
News of his death was first confirmed on Tuesday and has now made its way onto social media. Mgijimi - as he was affectionately known by soccer fans - was reportedly struggling to breathe before his death.
His passing was confirmed by his brother, Johannes Thembinkosi Sindane, who said he died at his home in Empumelelweni, Emalahleni.
Sindane's brother told KickOff.com that he died in his sleep but his body was only found the next day by their father.
"He's been struggling to breathe you see. We took it as if it was a normal passing thing, but when we went to his place we discovered that he passed on last night."
Sindane was alone at the time of his death and he had allegedly taken a bath before it happened.
Robert Marawa was amongst many to pay tribute to the late superfan on social media. The sports personality wrote:
"He loved his football so much... He dearly loved his @orlandopirates with all his heart and would travel countrywide to watch his beloved team! It won't be the same skhokho! It won't! Hamba kahle "MGIJIMI!" RIP Mandla Sindane."
Take a look at the post below:
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Other South Africans, including Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, joined Marawa to pay their respects to Sindane.
Twitter user, @mohaleglen1, commented:
"May God bless you even in death. Rest In peace man."
Last week, Briefly.co.za reported the world of soccer suffered another devastating loss when the wife of Dr Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the Pirates, passed away.
Mme Matina Elsie Khoza died at the age of 69 after battling with ill health for the past several years.
Mme Matina, as she was affectionately known, left behind her husband and children, Sonono, Nkosana and Mpumi Khoza.
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