Right until the very end, his family and friends believed he’d pull through. So it came as a shock when FC Prinsloo (43), a professional hunter from Modimolle, Limpopo, passed away this weekend.
FC died in Polokwane Hospital on Saturday.
He was gored by an injured Cape buffalo in the Makuya Nature Reserve near Musina on August 13. The animal was in distress after being caught in a trap set by poachers and FC suffered injuries to his chest and right leg.
He was on a ventilator in hospital, had contracted a serious infection and his blood pressure apparently dropped dramatically just before he died.
On Friday his relatives and loved ones were still hopeful that he’d make a full recovery in spite of his critical injuries.
However on Saturday a friend of the family sadly revealed on a Facebook support page: “Jesus has seen fit to fetch FC . . .”
The popular hunter’s passing is a huge loss to many people, says his employer Stephan van der Merwe, the owner of Bushman’s Quiver Quality Africa Safaris. “It’s a really tough time for us and we’re shattered by his death.”
Stephan says FC’s wife, Estelle, wasn’t at the hospital when her husband died. “She’s a strong person and is trying to stay strong. She’s going through a terribly tough time but finds comfort in her faith. Friends and family are also offering much-needed support at this time.”
The family aren’t up to speaking to the media about FC’s death yet, Stephen adds. The couple don’t have children.
“The memorial service will probably take place next week but plans haven’t been finalised. His friends and family are trying to cope with the grieving process. We’ll take it as it comes from there.”
Messages of support have been received from around the country.
“Condolences to Estelle and the family. May God keep you in His grace and comfort you at this sad time,” one person wrote on the Facebook support group.
“My friend – you leave a big hole in all our hearts and lives. We’ll miss you a lot . . . Until we meet again someday,” another wrote.