Farewell, Miguel

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 13 Sep 2010 at 16:40
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It has come to my attention that we have tragically lost one of our number. Michael da Costa, who posted on the site as “Miguel”, tragically lost his life in June this year after being hit by a car in Port Elizabeth.

Michael was a lovely guy and a hugely passionate Sharks supporter. He lived in Welkom and was the chairman of the local Sharks Supporters Club there, going down to Durban to attend games at the Shark Tank as often as he could. He wasn’t a very frequent visitor here at Sharksworld, but contributed a number of articles to our cause over the last few years.

Michael worked in Welkom at a local church and was widely respected within the local community for his Christian outreach programme. He was hit by a car after attending the Portugal v Ivory Coast match in the Football World Cup on 15 June 2010 and passed away a few days later. Michael would have turned 21 years old today.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the da Costa family and to all of Michael’s many friends and loved ones. He will be missed and my sincerest apologies for the lateness of this tribute.

Rest in Peace, Miguel. You’re home now.


  • I’m sorry that I didn’t take more time to get to know you better, dude. You were wise beyond your years and I so admired your passion, in all that you did, whether supporting the Sharks or doing the work of your Maker.

    Rest well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.09.10 16:46:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • πŸ˜₯ πŸ˜₯ RIP

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.09.10 16:48:05 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • Another thing that I forgot to mention was the Michael was 1.96m tall. So if you see pics of him with the Sharks, there are few that he didn’t tower over :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.10 16:49:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was wondering what happened to him – one of the last things I remember he was collecting questions for Mwovo and I remeber that this interview was never posted. You never really think that something so tragic may happen.

    He was really really young.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.10 16:50:10 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : and I though that swannie was kneeling πŸ˜†

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.10 16:50:59 by rekinek (back to rugby) Reply
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  • @rekinek (back to rugby) (Comment 5) : he had an impressive collection of pics of himself with Sharks players. I may pinch them all from facebook and post them here. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.10 16:55:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rest in Peace, Michael. Our interactions were all too brief: to my detriment more than yours.

    Its clear that a really fiercely burning light has been extinguished. But only in this world.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.09.10 16:56:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Awful news. He was so young. RIP Michael.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.10 17:02:28 by pinkfish Reply
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  • So sorry to hear, rest in peace Miguel.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.09.10 17:02:51 by molly Reply
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  • 21?Jeez that not right,RIP big guy.I’m gutted.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.09.10 17:08:09 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • πŸ™

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.09.10 17:08:43 by klempie Reply

  • RIP.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.09.10 17:15:25 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • What a waste of a young life……maybe there were more important things for him to attend to, than here on Earth.
    To his mother, I can only imagine what it must be like to lose a child…my heart is breaking for you.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.09.10 17:21:31 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Shame, remembered him, RIP young man :'(

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.09.10 17:24:25 by Charlie Reply

  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 13) : saddest thing is that his dad passed on just a few months before he did.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.09.10 17:46:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.09.10 17:53:26 by KSA Pink Shark Β© Reply

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  • This is very sad news. RIP Miguel

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.09.10 17:53:45 by war1 Reply
  • Sad news. I had simialr news some years back, a bloke I chatted to every day for years (Maori dude) and was going to meet in the flesh later that year suddenly went quiet. Got news later he had died.

    The net has turned our universe into a little village and for that alone we are all the richer for having “met” people we may never get to actually meet in real life.


  • Comment 18, posted at 13.09.10 18:47:29 by Baldrick Reply

  • Balders, was that a guy on the ole Sharksworld blog? Nick started with a K or something?

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.09.10 18:51:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Wow this is sad!! πŸ™
    RIP Michael!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.09.10 18:51:48 by wpw Reply
  • Really bad news! RIP Miguel, ciao till we meet in Heaven

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.09.10 19:03:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • So sorry to hear. Rest easy mate.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.09.10 20:03:13 by billy Reply

  • Ey bro. still miss u man. Guys u will never know how much all these messages mean to us and His family. Thanx so so so much for all the support. I wouldnt be a Sharks supporter if it wasnt for Him. Sharks 4 eva guys!!!!!!!!! Thanx once again to all of you

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.09.10 20:05:32 by Mr. Wez Reply

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  • Rest in peace brother πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.09.10 20:09:21 by Jarson Reply
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  • Mr Wez, so good to have someone who knew Miguel in ‘real life’ here. Please do stick around and share some of your memories of him

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.09.10 20:31:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.09.10 20:58:12 by ruggabugga Reply

  • Will do man. Thanx ey. U will never know how much he loved writing articles for Sharksworld, he told me evey week wat he wanted to write and I 1st had to listen to his articles haha

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.09.10 21:05:35 by Mr. Wez Reply

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  • hey oaks, thank you very much for this effort you went through for miguel. . . Black and White, nothing else matters

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.09.10 21:35:18 by teaboxx Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 18) : Yea…the internet, blogging, FB….long list…if not abused, have lead to some amazing friendships that mey never have happened. Also some wonderful reunios with old friends…..that’s what saddens me when I read of all the stupidity and abuse of previlage causing the closure of blogs and sites………….

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.09.10 21:58:18 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Maybe they are an unbeatable team,needed in a higher league?

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.09.10 22:00:42 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 29) : Sorry about my spelling…just a little emotional 😐

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.09.10 22:01:51 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • Very sad news. My condolences. Rest in Peace.

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.09.10 22:42:36 by MerckZ Reply

  • Very sad news. RIP.

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.09.10 22:54:34 by MysticShark Reply
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  • RIP sir…my your legend live on in your friends and family and the work in Welkom continue…
    Loss of life always sad…

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.09.10 00:45:40 by Hmmm Reply

  • It is so sad when a young person leaves us….farewell Miguel πŸ™

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.09.10 08:08:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Rest in peace.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.09.10 08:28:37 by MornΓ© Reply
  • RIP Miguel… πŸ™

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.09.10 08:39:49 by VanWilder Reply

  • Such sad news – puts the petty interprovincial squabbles into perspective ❓ My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family and friends, Miguel, but “this (pain, too, will pass” – Hamba Kahle young one.

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.09.10 08:54:32 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 38) : that it does, that it does

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.09.10 09:23:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sjoe! This feels like losing a family member. Such tragic news..Sharks 4eva, Miguel!

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.09.10 09:52:25 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • so funny.nothing was ever spoken on tv or radio about the accident or his sad passing away. ❓ ❗

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.09.10 12:26:30 by pete69 Reply

  • Keep the flag flying boet, where ever u may be.

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.09.10 14:26:54 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Vaya con dios, Miguel.

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.09.10 14:28:37 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Rest in peace. Go Sharks.

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.09.10 16:01:36 by Ernie Reply

  • sweet chaps im mikeys older brother and chaps was a harsh blow to our family as our old man passed on two months before mikey, but mikey took his passing on harsh. Yes dreams we had for him that is what shall be missed but michael never died but just went to be with the One we serve.Michael knew Jesus full on from a young age and in his passing many more lives were touched. But a few more years till we see him we live in TIME and he lives in ETERNITY now. I believe Michael would have wanted all his staunch fellow shark supporters to all have met Jesus cause his passion and love next to Jesus was the sharks. Just the flat where he stayed in my ol ladies backyard tells the tale or a neva die supporter. One thing I wud like to share with his fellow supporters is, I was driving one day and had a vision of michael like freaking as he wud when the sharks scored a try. And this confused me so I asked ol Jesus my conexion wat this meant and he told me Michael is rooting for a greater game now an eternal one where Satan and Jesus battles and every time we share Jesus with our neighbor which cud also be a stranger its a try for Gods Kingdom. So whoever reads this yes its sad that mikey passed on at such a young age but what wud have been devastating is if this happened while he didnt know Jesus. Now the ? remains do we know know ol Jesus who gave His life for us if we do dont fear chaps u will c mikey again in time. And by the way I believe he is just as big a sharks supporter where he is now. Keep it growing guys by the way i just joined to personally say THANKS GUYS FOR HONORING MICHAEL AS YOU DO IM NOT A RUGBY SUPPORTER BUT YOU SHARKS SUPPORTERS FAITHFULNESS TO ONE ANOTHER MAKES ME WANT TO BE PART N NOW I UNDERSTAND Y MIKE LOVED THE SHARKS AND ALL THE SUPPORTERS SO MUCH CAUSE OF GUYS LIKE YOU ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU GUYS ONE TIME

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.09.10 22:46:58 by arthur Reply

  • Thanks Arthur. A most touching tribute.

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.09.10 09:03:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @arthur (Comment 45) : Michael made it after all…There’s a race to be run and I am in… πŸ™‚

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.09.10 10:00:07 by Charlie Reply

  • @charlie you know the lingo eyes above and focused on the finish line with eternity with our King. Colosians 3 vs 5-17, read it sweet

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.09.10 18:54:10 by arthur Reply

  • @ arthur, awesome scripture !

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.09.10 20:59:05 by Charlie Reply

  • hey to all the sharkies!!!
    I am Mikeys sister, Samantha, was missing Michael terribly today, and thought I would catch up on a few things he loved, the Sharks was most defnitley top of the list. I personally do not really follow the game all to well, have the basics, but Michael was safe to say a “fanatic” and I am sure I could even go as far as to say the most loyal Shark supporter ever. I remember him as a very young boy, maybe 6 or 7 years old, crying each and every time the sharks would loose, he would pick up his rugby ball go out in the garden, sob his heart out and start to throw that ball around. By no means to him was there ever an option to let go of the boys in black, and would proudly through the years wear his clothing marked sharks with his hand on his heart quoting “black and white forever” Michael would drive me crazy with his ideas on the sharks and all his commeents, living in the freestate one year i ddecided to become a cheetahs supporter, man was he irate every time i thought i would make a comment concerning games between the 2, and it happened to be the year that the cheetahs won the curry cup. I believe that as much as Mike loved Jesus, he had a passion second for the Sharks, and Michael was a real passionate man, well almost a man ..gone to soon at 20yrs. His room was sharks everywhere, clothing, blinds, bedding, pens, cups..flags drapping from the roof..and of course, his favourite shark teddy..yes Michael had a huge puppy heart, was so full of love for all and even most passionate while even eating a hamburger, I tell you I have never again seen anyone enjoy any type of meal the way Mike would, he would eat as if it were the first time he had tasted anything, and as if it were his last. Well, anyway today I was reading through these posts again, and am so thankful for all the thoughts on Mike….And robdylan, to you I hold my hand on my heart and quote in the words of Mike “black and white forever” thank you to you for this awesome page. And for me having a chance to just share a thought or 2 on Mike.. We miss you soooooooooooooooooooooo much Michael, this space can never be filled and your place at home is so empty and noticed each and every day, time hardly makes it easier, yet hope remains to meet again. I love you boytjie…..

  • Comment 50, posted at 10.01.12 08:14:45 by sam4mike Reply

  • @sam4mike (Comment 50) : Wow, I wish I knew him better! Sounds like a great guy!

  • Comment 51, posted at 10.01.12 08:32:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • πŸ˜€ he was in so many ways

  • Comment 52, posted at 10.01.12 08:56:20 by sam4mike Reply

  • @sam4mike (Comment 50) : Sorry for your loss…

  • Comment 53, posted at 10.01.12 09:19:27 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Thanks for the post Sam, gave me some goosebumps.

  • Comment 54, posted at 10.01.12 09:41:15 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • close to 2years…unreal πŸ™

  • Comment 55, posted at 28.02.12 19:43:48 by sam4mike Reply

  • @sam4mike (Comment 55) : I never new Mike yet 2 years later through this page and all that is said he has touched my life. Thanks to your comment today I noticed the page so thanks to you Sam our God and creator still use the life of your brother to touch and change people’s life. To God be the glory,black and white forever. Peace

  • Comment 56, posted at 28.02.12 22:35:45 by juba_fan Reply

  • Never knew Mike,only been a blogger here for a couple of months,but from what I’m hearing,it seems he was a passionate oke with a huge heart,traits that are admirable of any man. Hope wherever he is,he looks upon this site with pride as it has become a blog where fans from all teams express their biased and unbiased opinions and engage in discussion over the game we all are so passionate about. A foundation that was laid by such gentlemen like Michael for us young bloggers. Thank you Miguel

  • Comment 57, posted at 28.02.12 23:20:46 by Ludz Reply

  • Yes, God is good all the time, its so difficult to try to bring the essence of a life through with fullness, but yes those who knew Michael knew 2 things about him, His passion for Jesus, and His passion for the Sharks, strangely I never ever knew Michael was such a great blogger here and that He gave such interesting input, haha πŸ˜† then again I got to hear first hand with every game all his opinions on all the players, whether sharks or not. Always had great fun teasing him about the Sharks…the man would go to tears each and every time for his Sharkies, yet the sweetest was at night he would have his shark teddy purchased proudly at the shark cage off to bed!!! Memories are awesome! thank you guys for sharing.

  • Comment 58, posted at 29.02.12 07:35:33 by sam4mike Reply


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