Rice aged 66, had recently travelled to India for treatment for a brain tumour.
His battle with cancer saw him go to Bangalore for radiation treatment called CyberKnife and in recent times it looked like the treatment was a success. However, he lost the battle on Tuesday.
Rice captained the Transvaal Mean Machine throughout their period of total provincial dominance, and although he never played a Test he is respected as one of the great all-rounder’s of the game.
Rice played only three One Day Internationals for South Africa against India in 1991; which culminated into South African cricket’s return to the sporting world after being isolated because of apartheid.
Rice plated 482 first class matches in South Africa and Nottinghamshire, England, scoring 26 331 runs and taking a massive 930 wickets between 1969 and 1994