Rest in peace, Joost van der Westhuizen

By Kirstin Buick
06 February 2017

Joost van der Westhuizen has lost his battle with motor neuron disease.

The rugby legend passed away in hospital on 6 Monday February.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Joost," his J9 Foundation confirmed.

"He passed away in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be sorely missed."

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The organsiation said in a statement on Facebook, "Joost has been much better today however he is tired and been resting this afternoon. Thank you for the continued support for him and his family."

On Saturday morning, the organisation confirmed the rugby hero was in a critical condition and had to be rushed to hospital.

Less than two years ago, Joost had joined an experimental new treatment programme, and was optimistic about the outcome.

“It gives hope,” Joost said in 2015, communicating via the device that allows him to write down his answers using his eyes. “I’m hoping to talk. I want to hold my kids again. I just want to see my kids grow up and be happy.”

Joost pictured with children Kylie and Jordan in 2014. PHOTO: Martin de Kock Joost pictured with children Kylie and Jordan in 2014. PHOTO: Martin de Kock

“There’s always hope,” he added. “Every day. God is good.”

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