Tradegy strikes as Nedbank Golf Challenge director falls to his death
Cape Town - Tournament director of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Dan Sevel, fell to his death off the roof of the Sun International head office building in Sandton on Thursday.
He was 40.
Sun International spokesperson Zoleka Skweyiya confirmed the identity of the deceased to be Sevel.
"We can confirm that just after noon today, a member of staff fell from the 5th floor balcony of our offices. The exact circumstances are unknown at this stage. We are cooperating fully in all respects with the relevant authorities in investigating the incident. Emergency services responded quickly, and were unfortunately unable to resuscitate him," Skweyiya said, as quoted by TimesLive.
"We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our colleague and friend, and wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his family."
According to the Sandton Chronicle, Sevel reportedly left a note on his desk before jumping to his death.
However, investigations are ongoing and suicide cannot yet be confirmed or denied.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge is hosted by SA golfing legend Gary Player and is the penultimate event on the European Tour's Race to Dubai.
The $7.5 million tournament will get under way from November 8-11 at the Gary Player Country Club.
Several South African golfers and sports personalities took to Twitter to send their condolences:
Devastated today! Dan our friend we going to miss you! Truly gutted!! RIP #dansevel— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) July 12, 2018
Dan Sevel, it was an honor to have known you. You will be truly missed.— Titch Moore (@TitchMoore76) July 12, 2018
My thoughts are with his family ??
It’s with a heavy heart that I say this! Rest In Peace Dan Sevel. You will be missed! ??????— Oliver Bekker (@olliebekkergolf) July 12, 2018
Devastated to hear the news out of SA with the death of Dan Sevel. He was a great person and a wonderful supporter to the game of golf. His smile will truly be missed on the @Sunshine_Tour prayers to his family and the @golfatsun family. #RIPDan— Zack Byrd (@zbyrdgolf) July 12, 2018
Incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Dan Sevel. He always went out of his way to help me and many other sportsmen and women. My prayers and condolences to all his family and friends. Dan you’ll be missed pic.twitter.com/MKd1Iz1sKn— Roland Schoeman (@Rolandschoeman) July 12, 2018
RIP Dan Sevel So Sad????????— JacquinHess (@JacquinHess) July 12, 2018
RIP to a gentle soul. You will be missed #DanSevel— Nicole Garcia (@Nicole_Garcia72) July 12, 2018
Deeply saddened by the passing of one of the kindest people I have ever known. Rest in peace Dan Sevel. You will be missed.— alex haindl (@AlexHaindl) July 12, 2018
Rest in peace my Friend! ???? Golf will be poorer without you!!! My condolences to his family ???? pic.twitter.com/qHg1mXEZ6b— Nico Van Rensburg (@itrainer2) July 12, 2018