Arthur Bartman's family reveal former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper's cause of death

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Bartman, who retired from playing in 2013, died at the age of 46 having served as Maritzburg goalkeeper coach

Former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman’s family have revealed that he was battling with meningitis prior to his death.
 
The Pietermaritzburg-born shot-stopper's untimely death was confirmed by Maritzburg United on Tuesday, but the Premier Soccer League (PSL) club did not disclose the cause of death.
 
Bartman's family has since released the following statement asking people to help raise ‘awareness and recognition’ regarding the battle against meningitis.
 
A statement read: “The Bartman Family are most grateful and so overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support received by so many. The Family is deeply saddened by the loss of a great Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, great friend and soccer legend."
 
“Arthur was diagnosed with meningitis in November 2018 in Pietermaritzburg and came home to East London in December to recover. He was doing well up until January but suffered a relapse on the 22' of February and was readmitted to East London Private (Life) Hospital. He sadly succumbed to his battle against meningitis on the eve of Tuesday 19th March 2019."
 
“The Bartman Family wishes to thank the soccer-loving fans, the teammates of Arthur, Prosport International, the various PSL clubs, the Amakhosi Family and Maritzburg United for the beautiful tributes to Arthur, and the various displays of support being extended to the family during our time of deep grief."
 
“We urge for more awareness and recognition of the battle against meningitis through the display of the burgundy ribbon,” the statement concluded. 
 
Bartman, who enjoyed a journeyman career of nearly 20 seasons, turned out for clubs such as Free State Stars, Dynamos, Moroka Swallows, SuperSport United and Bush Bucks.
 

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