Durban – Sam Meyiwa, the father of murdered South African soccer star Senzo Meyiwa, died at about 3am on Monday morning surrounded by family.
Speaking to African News Agency (ANA) on Monday, family spokesperson Nathi Ngwenya said Sam's death "came as a shock".
"He died in the early hours of this morning, around 3am, in his home and his family was with him."
Sam suffered a stroke just short of a year ago and since then his health had been failing.
He made national headlines following the death of Senzo when he spoke out about the South African Police Services' (SAPS) inability to solve his son’s murder.