Joost Heystek van der Westhuizen passed away at his home surrounded by his loved ones on Monday 6th February 2017. Joost was best known for his incredible rugby career and in recent years has shown the same bravery and strength in his fight against Motor Neuron Disease. He was diagnosed with a form of MND, known as Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in early 2011.
At the time, Joost was given 20% chance of living up to 2 years, however, he defied all odds and next month marks 7 years. On Saturday 4th February, Joost was rushed to hospital as a result of his respiratory muscles weakening due to MND.
Joost fought a hard seven years with a failing body whilst his mind remained unaffected. Joost is survived by his two children, Jordan and Kylie, his parents, Gustav and Mariana as well as his two brothers, Pieter and Gustav and their families.
The family remain strong under the circumstances, however are devastated at the loss. This is a great loss to so many around the world and the family would like to extend their greatest gratitude for the love and support shown over this difficult time.
We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time and funeral arrangements will be notified in due course.

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