Springbok and Bulls legend Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his battle with motor neuron disease.
The rugby legend was rushed to hospital on Saturday in a critical condition. He was stabilized and showed signs of improvement, acknowledging those around him. However, he passed away on Monday afternoon at the age of 45.
Van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with the illness in 2011 and did much to raise awareness, as well as funds for research into the illness.
He represented the Springboks in 89 tests between 1993 and 2003, as well as being part of the historic World Cup winning team of 1995. He scored what was a long-standing Springbok record of 38 tries and was regarded as one of the best scrumhalves in the world.
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