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: