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SA cricketer Clive Rice dies

The former South African cricket captain died in hospital while being treated for septicaemia.

Clive Rice. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African cricketer Clive Rice died from septicaemia during the early hours of this morning.

The Rice family confirmed to EWN Sport that the 66-year-old passed away after being admitted to hospital on Sunday night and developed septicaemia.

The family said he was admitted after suffering from severe stomach pains.

The former cricketer recently had long been suffering from brain cancer and had surgery in India to remove a brain tumour.

Rice received robotic radiation treatment at a Bangalore hospital in March after doctors in South Africa told him there was nothing they could do for him.

Scans in South Africa found that Rice's tumour was too deep down in his brain for a neurosurgeon to conduct invasive surgery to remove it.

Rice said the surgery performed in India was a success and a miracle.

He captained three One Day Internationals against India in 1991 for South Africa following the country's return from sporting seclusion.

His family has thanked the public for their support and asked for privacy at this time.

TWITTER REACTION:

One of SA's best ever cricketers has passed away at age 66.

RIP Clive Rice.

An honour to have known you Sir. pic.twitter.com/DCNAWEeCqK

Our sincere condolences to the loved ones of Clive Rice, who passed away today. True SA cricket legend. #RIPCliveRice pic.twitter.com/LtjNtSOv8d

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Clive Rice family during this sad time RIP #CliveRice a true SA champion.

Clive Rice was major allrounder. 25,000 runs, 900 wickets, led Notts to 2 championships and S Africa in first post-apartheid internationals

Sad to hear RSA all-rounder Clive Rice has passed away. Will always remember his exploits during World Series Cricket. #vale

Sorry to hear about the passing of Clive Rice "ricey"..astute captain and a man that played the game hard!! Rip #CliveRice