A 19-year-old man has died after an initiation ceremony, Eastern Cape police said on Saturday.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela said the boy had tried to make his way to hospital in Fort Gale, Mthatha, on foot but died during the night on Friday.

He had been covered in numerous bruises and scratches which indicated that he may have been assaulted.

Community members found his body along a footpath. -