Joost’s death just Twitter talk

2012-09-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Joost van der Westhuizen is alive and kicking.

The former Springbok, who is suffering from the degenerative disorder motor neuron disease (MND), has taken to Twitter to reassure fans that he is still alive. The rumours of his death started when a BBM message claiming that Joost had died at 5.45 pm on Tuesday night was circulated. You magazine reports that its Facebook page was flooded with messages of concern for the ill rugby star.

Joost’s J9 foundation, which offers support to other MND sufferers, denied rumours that Joost had passed away. “... the BBM message about Joost is false”.

Joost later tweeted (as @9Joost) that he is 100% fine, adding there was nothing wrong and he had “an awesome day today. Goodnight everyone!)” And later: Joostvdwesthuizen @9Joost “Alive and kicking folks!

Ignore the rumours.”

Concerns for Joost’s health escalated this week after he appeared on M-Net’s Carte Blanche on Sunday night, looking weak and having difficulty speaking. .

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