'Joost is still fighting'

By Kirstin Buick
04 February 2017

"Keep praying for him."

Joost van der Westhuizen is still fighting for his life in hospital, his J9 Foundation said in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

"Joost is still fighting in hospital everyone. Keep praying for him," the organisation wrote.

"Please follow only this page for updates there are a lot of rumours however we will keep posting with the correct details."

Read more: Joost van der Westhuizen rushed to hospital

This after the former Springbok hero was rushed to hospital in a critical condition hours earlier.

"The family and friends of Joost ask that you all pray for Joost," they said.

"We ask that you all please respect the families time at the moment. When we have updates we will let you know for now we ask that we all bow our heads in prayer."

The father of two has been fighting motor neuron disease since 2011.

Recently, Joost’s family told YOU the 45-year-old  was on oxygen.

Read more: Joost’s friends and family devastated as it emerges rugby legend is now on oxygen

The family opted to keep the news quiet for the sake of his children, Jordan (12) and Kylie (10), whom he had with singer and presenter Amor Vittone.

Read more: ‘It’s hard to see him like this’: Joost gets a visit from his first wife

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