Former South African judge Rudy Kortzen, dubbed the ‘slow finger of death’ by the media, died in a car accident, a family member told the agency.
He was 73.
“Rudy suffered fatal injuries in an accident near Stilbay, between Cape Town and Gaberha,” said a family spokesman, who asked not to be named.
“Dad went to a golf tournament with friends and was supposed to be back on Monday, but it looks like they decided to play another round of golf,” his son Rudy told Geberha radio station.
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The South African team will wear black armbands in Kurtzen’s honor during their Test match against England at Lord’s in London on Wednesday.
Courtesy first refereed in 1981, made his first international cap 11 years later and retired in 2010 after a trial between Australia and Pakistan in Leeds, England.
It is known as the ‘slow finger of death’ as he lifts his finger slowly every time the bat comes out.
“Every judge has their own trademark and mine was. The media have dubbed it the ‘slow finger of death’ and I find that very interesting. There’s a story behind it,” Kurtzen said in an interview.
“When I first started coaching, I would hold my hands in front of me and fold them against my ribs every time I was called,” Kortzen said.
“Someone said, ‘Rudy, you can’t do this. Every time you raise your hands to bowl, the bowler thinks you are giving him a wicket.
“So I started tying my wrists behind me. The finger comes out slowly as it takes time for me to release my grip from behind.