Cape Town - Former Western Province rugby player and renowned wrestler Clifford ‘Cliffie’ Etzebeth died in a car accident outside Cape Town on Sunday.
He was 69.
Etzebeth played as a lock and prop for Western Province in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He was also a prominent wrestler and won world titles in the over 60s categories.
Etzebeth was the uncle of Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth.
'Cliffie' was a legendary figure on the Western Province club rugby scene and represented Police, Villagers and Goodwood.
Condolences poured in on social media for Etzebeth.
Just heard some incredibly sad news Cliffie Etsebeth ex WP player and Springbok wrestler died this morning in a car accident #largerthanlife#RIP my Groot Vriend !!— Rob Louw (@roblouw6) July 22, 2018
It is with deep sadness that the Villager FC has to say goodbye to the legendary Cliffie Etzebeth who tragically passed away this morning in a motor car accident this morning. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences go the the Etzebeth family. RIP Cliffie.— Villager FC (@VillagerFC) July 22, 2018