EP Rugby president Andre Rademan passed away at a Gqeberha hospital on Tuesday evening after losing his battle with Covid-19.
The 62-year-old had been in an induced coma in intensive care for three weeks after testing positive for the virus over a month ago.
"It's with great sadness to inform you that Andre Rademan has succumbed to Covid-19, may his soul rest in peace," SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said on Wednesday morning.
There had been a Covid outbreak in the EP camp last month, with Sport24 reporting at the time that Elephants coach Peter de Villiers and 11 players also tested positive. They have all since recovered.
The EP Elephants are currently participating in the Currie Cup First Division where they are lying fifth on the standings with one win from four matches.