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Springbok legend Van der Westhuizen dies in hospital

Springbok legend, Joost van der Westhuizen dies in hospital after been admitted in very critical condition during the weekend.

Rugby World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after years of battling motor neurone disease.

He has been living with the illness since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning.

His J9 Foundation released an update on his condition on Sunday, saying Van der Westhuizen was “putting up an incredible fight”.

Van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday afternoon.

Blue Bulls CEO Barend van Graan confirmed Van der Westhuizen’s passing and expressed his condolences to his children, family and friends.

“If there’s one thing we can learn from Joost it was his passion for life. That we will never forget.”


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