Cause of Small's death confirmed
REACTION: Springbok legend James Small died of natural causes and not under ‘suspicious circumstances’.
Small’s family said in a statement it has been confirmed Small suffered a heart attack.
Following the completion of the autopsy on Friday, the family of the ex-Springbok wing confirmed the cause of death was reported as ‘ischaemic heart disease’.
In addition, a police investigation has found no suspicious circumstances.
Small’s funeral will be held in Johannesburg, at 14.00 on Thursday, July 18.
The venue will be confirmed on Monday.
All mourners will be welcome.
“The sudden death of a well-known person inevitably prompts all kinds of unfounded rumours, which may circulate either in the press and on social media,” a family spokesman said.
“At this incredibly difficult time, we very seriously appeal to both the public and media to resist idle speculation and allow our beloved son, brother, father and friend to rest in peace.”