Times are already dull and gloomy across the world due to the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic. However, there are some incidents which pile up the agony not just on who is involved in it but to also those who come to know of it! One such incident involving former South African international cricketer Vernon Philander, has come to light! In a shocking incident, Vernon Philander's brother Tyrone Philander, was shot dead near his family house. Media reports from South Africa state that Tyrone was fatally shot while going to deliver water to a neighbour, just meters from his family house, which is situated in Ravensmead! This is a horrific thing to happen to anybody indeed.

A statement issued by Vernon Philander's family stated that they were "coming to terms with the brutal murder." Vernon Philander also added, "There are no details around the incident at the moment and speculation will make it very difficult for us as a family to mourn in peace." Police reports state that they are considering the incident as a murder and that it happened around lunchtime, on Wednesday (October 7). Investigations are on but no arrests have been made as yet. Philander's mother and some other family members were said to have been in the yard of their house when they heard gunshots. The statement from the Philander family requests the media to allow them to mourn in peace and stated that they are not taking any calls for comments, at the moment. The statement finished with, "Tyrone is forever in our hearts. May his soul rest in peace." 

35-year-old Vernon Philander is one of South Africa's bowling greats who ended his 13-year career with the national side, earlier this year when he announced his retirement. At the peak of his career, he was considered one of the most lethal and best fast bowlers not just in South Africa but across the world! In among 101 matches across different formats for South Africa, Philander shone the most in Tests and played in 64 of them! He was also set to play county cricket in England for Somerset side this year but the deal got cancelled after the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic! We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Philander family and pray for the departed soul to rest in peace.