as declared in UPDATE: Since this article was first published it has been confirmed that Joost van der Westhuizen has died.
The rugby star had battled motor neuron disease since 2011, with his condition deteriorating in recent months.
The rugby star has been battling motor neuron disease since 2011, with his condition deteriorating in recent months.
Van der Westhuizen was admitted to ICU on Saturday morning after being described as critical.
JOHANNESBURG – Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen is still in a critical yet stable condition following his admission to hospital at the weekend.
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Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen dies after motor neurone disease battle
Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen dies after motor neurone disease battleGETTY IMAGES Joost van der Westhuizen at Ellis Park in 2015.
READ MORE:* Former Springbok halfback Joost van der Westhuizen fighting for his life in hospital* Former Springboks captain has motor-neuron diseaseGETTY IMAGES Former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen with the All Blacks in 2014.
Former Springboks captain Joost van der Westhuizen has died at age 45 after a long battle with motor neurone disease.
TWITTER Joost van der Westhuizen with close friend and former rival Jonah Lomu.
REUTERS Joost Van der Westhuizen tackles All Blacks great Jonah Lomu in 1995.
as informed in South African rugby great Joost van der Westhuizen dies from motor neurone diseaseUpdatedOne of South Africa’s greatest rugby union players, former scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen, has died at the age of 45 from the debilitating motor neurone disease.
“Joost Heystek van der Westhuizen passed away at his home surrounded by his loved ones on Monday 6th February 2017,” the statement said.
Former team-mates and opponents spoke of their sadness at the news and their admiration for van der Westhuizen.
“RIP Joost van der Westhuizen.
However it was his performance at the previous World Cup, held in South Africa, that cemented his reputation in world rugby.
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