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November 18, 2008
Tafadzwa Madondo, who was a leading schoolboy cricketer and rugby player before emigrating to New Zealand where he forged a successful career in real estate and modelling, has died after a motorbike accident while on holiday in Indonesia. He was 27.
Madondo's older brother, Trevor, who was the first black batsman to be picked for Zimbabwe, died from malaria at the age of 24 in 2001.
Tafadzwa Madondo was regarded by many young black Zimbabweans as an inspirational figure, an example of what was possible. He had the benefits of a privileged education where his sporting prowess was encouraged and developed. Although his skill was as a batsman, his one first-class appearance for Manicaland was as an offspinner who could bat a bit. Soon after he moved to New Zealand where his other careers took off.
His body will be flown back to Zimbabwe and he will be buried in Mutare.