Rudi Koertzen, died in a car crash on Tuesday morning.

Former South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen died Tuesday following a car crash. He was 73.

Cricket South Africa announced Koertzen’s death but gave no details of the incident other than to say the renowned umpire died following a car accident on Tuesday morning.

Koertzen stood in 108 tests, a record 209 one-day internationals and 14 T20s over an 18-year career.

His first test was in South Africa’s first home series back in international cricket in 1992 after a 22-year ban because of apartheid. He retired in 2010.

Koertzen was famous for his unique method of giving a batter out, where he’d slowly raise his left arm with his finger pointing at the batter. It became known as the “slow finger of death.” He was one of cricket’s most respected umpires.

“The passing of this titan is a sad loss for the game,” said Cricket South Africa CEO Pholetsi Moseki, who paid tribute to Koertzen’s “selfless dedication and commitment.”

South Africa’s Algoa FM radio station reported that Koertzen and three other people were killed in a head-on collision near the town of Riversdale in the Western Cape province. Koertzen was returning to his home in the Eastern Cape province after playing in a golf tournament when the crash happened, the station said.

He was paid tribute by the leading personalities associated with cricket.

Here are some of the reactions

“Tragic news of the sudden passing away of Rudi Koertzen. He was a gifted individual and one of the finest umpires the game has witnessed, known for his sharp decision making abilities. My deepest condolences to his family and well wishers,” wrote Yuvraj Singh.

“Vale Rudi Koertzen ! Om Shanti. Condolences to his family. Had a great relation with him. Whenever I used to play a rash shot, he used to scold me saying, “Play sensibly, I want to watch your batting”. One he wanted to buy a particular brand of cricket pads for his son and enquired about it from me. I gifted him and he was so grateful . A gentleman and a very wonderful person. Will miss you Rudi. Om Shanti,” wrote Virender Sehwag.

“RIP Rudi.Sad day for all of us.. you were a brilliant umpire .. Condolence to family and friends .. you will be missed,” wrote Harbhajan Singh.

“I am shocked and saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Rudi Koertzen. He was a good tough talented man. Rest in power,” wrote Mike Haysman.

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