TRIBUTES have poured in for South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen, who has tragically passed away aged 73.

Koertzen passed away this week in a horrific car crash while on the way back from a golf tournament.

TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTDRudi Koerzten has passed away aged 73[/caption]

A family spokesperson said: “Rudi suffered fatal injuries after an accident near Stilbaai between Cape Town and Gqeberha.”

Rudi Jr confirmed his father’s passing to South African website Algoa FM News.

He said: “My father went to a golf tournament with some friends and they were expected to come back on Monday, but it seems they decided to play another round of golf.”

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