Former South African international umpire Rudi Koertzen passed away due to a car crash on Tuesday at the age of 73. One of the most respected umpires in world cricket from the late 1990s till 2010, Koertzen officiated in nearly 400 international games.
"The world-famous cricket umpire, Rudi Koertzen, and three other people were killed in a head-on collision near Riversdale on Tuesday morning. The 73-year-old Koertzen from Despatch in Nelson Mandela Bay was on his way back home from Cape Town after a golf weekend," Algoa FM News reported.
The former umpire's son, Rudi Koertzen Jr, confirmed the news.
"He went on a golf tournament with some of his friends, and they were expected to come back on Monday, but it seems they decided to play another round of golf," Koertzen Jr said.
Koertzen joined the ICC's Elite Panel in the year 2002. He remained a part of it for eight years.
He is survived by his wife and 4 children.