A family statement has confirmed that the late Springbok wing James Small suffered a heart attack before passing away on Wednesday.
Small, a member of the 1995 World Cup-winning squad, died suddenly on Wednesday. The 50-year-old was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack.
Following the completion of the autopsy on Friday afternoon, the family of the former Springbok have confirmed the cause of death was reported as ‘ischaemic heart disease’; in addition, a police investigation has found no suspicious circumstances.
Small’s funeral will be held in Johannesburg at 2pm on Thursday 18 July, with the venue to be confirmed on Monday. All mourners will be welcome.
A family spokesman added: ‘The sudden death of a well-known person inevitably prompts all kinds of unfounded rumours, which may circulate either in the press and on social media; at this incredibly difficult time, we very seriously appeal to both the public and media to resist idle speculation and allow our beloved son, brother, father and friend to Rest In Peace.’
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