Captain of South Africa's national football team Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot when he attempted to protect his girlfriend from armed men, police have confirmed.
The goalkeeper was pronounced dead at around 8pm on Sunday evening after two men broke into a house in Vosloorus township while another accomplice waited outside.
Police have offered a reward of nearly 153,000 rands (£8,700) for information that leads to the arrest of the three men, who fled the scene on foot.
It is believed the 27-year-old was with girlfriend and South African popstar Kelly Khumalo when the intruders stormed the house located 20 miles from Johannesburg. One of the men is reported to have pointed a gun at Miss Khumalo, leading to an altercation that ended with the killing of Meyiwa.
According to one report, one of the armed men demanded Meyiwa's mobile phone before firing a single shot into his chest. All three men left the scene after the shot was fired.
Meyiwa had been with the Orlando Pirates for the entirety of his professional career, joining in 2006 and becoming the club's first choice a year later. He won six caps for the South African national side, the most recent of which came against Nigeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match earlier this month.
His club said in a statement: "The Orlando Pirates family has learned with sadness of the untimely death of our number 1 keeper & captain Senzo Meyiwa.
"This is a sad loss to Senzo's family especially his children, to Orlando Pirates & the nation", said Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza.
While Meyiwa had only won six caps for South Africa, he was certain to win many more as the Bafana Bafana underwent a transitional period under head coach Ephraim Mashaba.
A highlight reel dedicated to the goalkeeper was created upon the sad news. You can watch that video below to get some idea of the huge talent South Africa have lost.
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