KZN sports fraternity mourns death of photographer Anesh Debiky

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  • Award-winning sports photographer Anesh Debiky died on Sunday.
  • Debiky a deep love for sport, especially cricket and soccer.
  • He was a humble and very motivated photographer.

Award winning and respected Durban-based sports photographer Anesh Debiky, who died on Sunday, has been described as a consummate professional who put his heart and soul into his work.

The humble, hardworking and multiple award-winning photographer who was skilled in all sports, but had a deep love for cricket, had been in hospital for a while before his unfortunate passing on Sunday.

He was loved and cherished by the various Durban-based sporting entities he worked with, with KwaZulu-Natal Cricket chief executive officer Heinrich Strydom saying Debiky will be sorely missed by the union.

"He was very professional and the pictures he took always told a story. He was world-class and he had a special talent for photography. He was very close to the players. He was a passionate cricket guy. He was passionate about the Dolphins," Strydom said.

"He spent most of his time at Kingsmead with the players and we'll sorely miss him. He was very talented and committed."

He also had a passion for soccer, and this was judged by the amount of time he dedicated to the province's professional soccer clubs.

AmaZulu's media officer Brilliant Mkhathini said the club will miss his gentle demeanour and his professional approach to his work.

"KZN Sports & Football has lost a true legend in Anesh Debiky. We will forever miss his dedication and gentle approach to his craft. He has been a friend of the club for many years. Our prayers go out to his wife and his family," Mkhathini said.

Maritzburg United's chairperson Farouk Kadodia added to the tributes, saying that the club was saddened by Debiky’s loss and that he was an exceptional individual.

"He was a passionate and committed photographer. He was always at our club activities. The passion he showed in his work and the kind of work he did was immense. He was an exceptional individual and we are saddened by the loss. We extend our sympathies and condolences to his family," Kadodia said.

Debiky was also a regular at Sharks rugby matches at Kings Park and took pride in covering Test matches at the ground.

In the statement, the franchise said Debiky's images were excellence personified and that he will be sorely missed by the sporting and photographic community.

"The Sharks are saddened to hear about the passing of celebrated sports photographer Anesh Debiky. Anesh was an exceptional photographer with the highest professional standards both in his profession and as a person," the franchise said.

"The special sporting memories that Anesh so brilliantly captured will be etched in our memories for years to come. We join the rest of the SA Sports fraternity in mourning his loss. We extend our sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time."

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