Johannesburg - Warren Batchelor and his murdered brother Marc had become estranged and were on the mend before he was shot dead outside his Olivedale home, mourners at the former footballer's funeral service heard on Thursday.
Warren, Batchelor’s older brother, said the former striker - who donned the colours of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows and Wits University among others - had lost his way.
“Marc was no angel. In the past few years he lost his way. It was during this time that he pushed me away along with his close friends because of some stupid argument. We were planning to reconcile and then I got that call,” recalled Warren, before crying on stage.
Warren said Batchelor had been diagnosed with Huntington disease three years ago, the same disease which killed their father.
Huntington disease is a progressive brain disorder that causes uncontrolled movements, emotional problems, and loss of thinking ability, according to medical journals.