Joost van der Westhuizen

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Joost van der Westhuizen
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Joost van der Westhuizen Heystek

(1971-02-20)20 February 1971
Pretoria, South Africa
Died6 February 2017(2017-02-06) (aged 45)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Spouse(s)Amore Vittone

Joost van der Westhuizen (20 February 1971 – 6 February 2017) was a South African former rugby union player. He played as a scrum-half for the national team. He played in the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups.

On 12 May 2011, van der Westhuizen's publicist announced that he had a muscle-related neural disease. It was believed to be a form of motor neurone disease. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States[1] have since confirmed that he had motor neurone disease. They believed he had only a 20% chance of living for two to five years.[2]

On 6 February 2017, van der Westhuizen died at a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa from complications of motor neurone disease, aged 45.[3]

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  1. Suttell, Scott (28 July 2011). "If you're flying out of Cleveland or Akron, you're probably paying more". Crain's Cleveland Business. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  2. Doctor confirms Joost's fears, 27 July 2011
  3. "BREAKING: Joost van der Westhuizen has died". Time live. Times Media Group. Retrieved 6 February 2017.

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