Fish (40) had reportedly been complaining of chronic back pains, and had difficulty breathing at his home on the banks of the Vaal River on Sunday morning.
He reportedly told eNCAnews football analyst Neal Collins: “I woke up, my fiancée Salomé Jansen van Rensburg … said I looked pale and insisted that we go to hospital. I was immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. They did a gastroscopy and angiogram. We’re waiting for the results to determine the cause of the heart attack.”
A recovering Mark Fish: "I’ll show my face at the Legends game on Saturday out of respect to Senzo Meyiwa, but I won’t be playing." #SLnews
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“I’m glad it’s over and tests have been done. I want to start taking better care of myself,” he added.
Fish, who became a household name recently for his role as a captain in the South African version reality show Survivor, was said to be “doing well”.
Beginning his career at Jomo Cosmos and Orlando Pirates, Fish moved to professional Italian sports club Lazio before moving to England where he enjoyed eight years of success, according to Goal.com.
Fish played for the national team in the 1998 World Cup in France, and again in 2004 against Ghana in a World Cup qualifier for the 2006 World Cup.