South African writer Andre Brink has died, aged 79.

The novelist passed away on Friday (06Feb15) after falling ill on board a flight to Cape Town while returning from Belgium, where he had received an honorary doctorate.

The cause of death had not been confirmed as Wenn went to press.

Brink was a successful novelist and an outspoken critic of apartheid. His books were translated into more than 30 languages and one of his most popular releases, A Dry White Season, was turned into a 1989 film starring Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando.

His other novels included Looking on Darkness and Philida, for which he was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012.