Harry Etzebeth death: Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth’s father died – Cause of death & Obituary


Harry Etzebeth Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth’s father died
Harry Etzebeth, Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth’s father died (Source: Facebook)


The Springbok rugby player, Eben Etzebeth’s father, Harry, passed away last night. After the passing of their beloved father and support system for the family, Eben Etzebeth and his family were in extreme sadness.

As they mourn the loss of his father, remember his family in your prayers. None of us can be at your father’s place for you but we all can be a source of strength for you. 

When someone is in such grieving and pain, it can be difficult to find words of consolation, and it can be even harder to accept and move on from a loss.

All of our thoughts are with the Etzebeth family at this difficult time. Let’s see what happened to him and Harry Etzebeth cause of death here.

Harry Etzebeth died: What happened to Etzebeth’s father?

The awful news was announced on Facebook by a friend of Etzebeth’s father, Gerhard Ras, who later confirmed it.

Ras announced his passing on Wednesday morning on Facebook.

“Harry Etzebeth, the father of the Springbok rugby captain and a former opponent of mine in wrestling, passed away last night (Tuesday). 

The passing of Harry Etzebeth, the father of stand-in captain Eben Etzebeth, four days before the lock would skipper the team against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship, has shocked the Springbok camp.

Etzebeth will lead the Springboks in their Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks on Saturday at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium, although it is unknown if he will participate in the game.

In the Parow region, a suburb of Cape Town, Springbok Dad was a well-known wrestler. Harry, one of nine children, was well-known in South Africa’s Western Cape region as a successful wrestler and cricket player.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, his brother Clifford, or Cliffie as he was affectionately called, played lock and prop for Western Province. Clifford was also a well-known wrestler who won world championships in the over-60s divisions.

In a Rugby Championship encounter at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium, Eben, who is now in New Zealand, will captain the Springboks against the All Blacks.

If he chooses to lead the team in place of regular captain Siya Kolisi, the Boks will help him in every way possible before the test. He will have plenty of time to decide before the match.

According to an IOL Sports source, Etzebeth is “very emotional” at the moment, but the decision remains with him on whether he wants to play.

About Eben Etzebeth’s successful career

A professional rugby union player from South Africa named Eben Etzebeth competes for the Sharks and the Springboks in the United Rugby Championship.

His primary position on the pitch is as the number 4 lock. He was seen as a talent with enormous potential at a very young age. In 2009, he joined the Western Province Youth Organization.

In the Sharks’ Champions Cup round-of-16 victory over Munster in Durban on April 1, the current SA Rugby Player of the Year Etzebeth, who was named the 2022 SA Rugby Player of the Year in January, sustained a shoulder injury and missed a significant amount of time.

The Springbok enforcer was initially expected to be out for up to 16 weeks, but he has healed sooner than anticipated and was scheduled to play as the Boks’ captain this weekend.

In his 111th outing as a Springbok, the 31-year-old was slated to captain his nation for the 13th time during the Rugby Championship Test on Saturday. On July 20, 2019, he faced Australia in his final Test as captain at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.

In the absence of regular captain Siya Kolisi, who sustained a knee injury while representing the Sharks in April but is expected to make a full recovery in time for South Africa’s three World Cup warm-up games in August, Etzebeth is guiding the Boks.

Harry Etzebeth cause of death

We regret to inform you that Eben Etzebeth’s father passed away on Tuesday night as reported by South African journalist Hendrik Cronje.

Etzebeth requested to play against Wales in Bloemfontein last season so that his father could watch him make his 100th appearance in Cape Town the following week, according to Cronje.

Harry is reported to have been battling an illness and unable to travel, which is why Eben wanted to mark his 100th performance in Cape Town.

As per the official reports, it was confirmed that he passed away on Saturday night following an unknown illness. Other than that, neither his family members nor web media have provided any information regarding the cause of his passing.

We’ll update this article as soon as additional information becomes available. Moreover, the family’s privacy must be respected even though attempts are being made to compile pertinent information and promptly deliver the most recent updates.

Condolences to Eben Etzebeth and his family following his father’s passing

Vaughan De Meyer wrote,

It is with a sore heart that I bring this news to this group. Please keep Eben Etzebeth and his family in your prayers regarding the loss of his dad. Harry. It’s going to be very emotional on Saturday and he is going to need all of our prayers and support. Please respect the family’s privacy at this time.

Israel Tours wrote,

Heart Breaking News! Eben Etzebeth, Springbok Rugby Captain to face New Zealand on Saturday, father Harry passed away last night. Sincere condolences to the family and friends…

Harold Karele wrote,

Sincere condolences to the whole Etzebeth family on the passing of Harry! MHDSRIP, so sorry Eben! Harry Etzebeth cause of death was an illness I think.

Rugby Statistics wrote,

Eben Etzebeth’s father Harry has sadly passed away. The choice has been given to Eben whether or not, he stays and plays, or flies home.

Harry Etzebeth’s Obituary

Saying goodbye is often difficult, and it can be hard to find the words to express how you feel about a loved one who has passed.

I write this obituary with a heavy heart to inform you of the demise of Harry Etzebeth Springbok’s captain, Eben Etzebeth’s father.

He was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest. It’s time to follow in your father’s footsteps and be a man of honor just like he was.

Don’t succumb to your emotions. Your family needs you to be strong now. It’s not a time to mourn. It’s time to look back and remember all the good things in life he did for you.

Also, it’s time to continue the legacy of the great man that your father was. His family will make further announcements regarding funeral services and preparations. And as soon as we receive official reports, we will update the information.

We send our deepest condolences to his family members, friends, and all loved ones. Please feel free to pay respects to Harry Etzebeth by leaving a note below or by sharing your memories of him.


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