Bartman was to celebrate his 47th birthday on March 26.
His untimely death was announced by his former club, Maritzburg United, on their official social media platforms on Tuesday night. The cause of Bartman's death hasn't yet been disclosed.
Rest In Peace, Arthur 🙏— Maritzburg United FC (@MaritzburgUtd) March 19, 2019
The club has learnt with sadness of the passing of former goalkeeper coach, Arthur Bartman. Prayers and thoughts go out to the Bartman family during this time. You will always be a part of the Team of Choice.#WeAreUnited pic.twitter.com/Sbtj9J6GJG
He made his professional debut with African Wanderers in the 1997/98 season.
However, that was not the beginning of his football career as he had been with the KwaZulu Natal-based outfit since 1988.
Bartman retired from professional football in June 2013 on the back of a successful stay with Amakhosi where he won two Telkom Knockout Cup titles.
He ventured into coaching soon after his retirement, and the Team of Choice gave him an opportunity to work closely with their goalkeepers during Ernst Middendorp's tenure as head coach.
Goal would like to send its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bartman, who served the South African football with distinction in a career which spanned for over two decades.