The family of former Athletics SA (ASA) president Leonard Chuene is struggling to come to terms with his death.

Chuene (68) lost his battle with cancer on New Year’s Day.

His son Titus Chuene said the family is pleading with the country to give them time and space to mourn his death.

He said the departure of his father caught the family off guard.

Adding, he said the family would reveal the funeral details later in the week.

The family also requested his close friends and colleagues not to talk to the media about their controversial father.