Social media users explode following 'racist' Joost meme

2017-02-07 10:08

WATCH: Tributes pour in for Springbok legend Joost vd Westhuizen

2017-02-06 16:14

Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen, 45, passed away on Monday afternoon after a long and brave struggle with ALS - a form of motor-neuron disease. Watch as the rugby community and fans the world over pay tribute to the former No. 9. WATCH

Johannesburg – A "racist'' meme which seemingly mocked the death of former Springboks scrumhalf Joost van de Westhuizen has enraged Twitter users.

The offensive meme which depicts Spiderman actor Tobey Maguire grinning with the caption: “Me when I hear a white man has died” was posted by Riaan Lucas.

Lucas has since deactivated his Facebook account. He could not be reached for comment.  

Van der Westhuizen died on Monday after losing his battle with motor neuron disease. 

He was 45.

Van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital on Saturday, his J9 Foundation confirmed.

Despite stabilising and showing signs of acknowledging those around him, Van der Westhuizen died on Monday afternoon.

Van der Westhuizen, who was diagnosed with the illness 2011, played 89 Tests for the Springboks between 1993 and 2003.

He scored a then-Springbok record 38 tries and is widely regarded as one of the game’s finest-ever scrumhalves.

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