Cape Town - Social media reacted with shock at the news that former Springbok wing Chester Williams passed away reportedly from a heart attack.
He was 49.
Williams played 27 Tests for South Africa from 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 tries in that time.
He was part of the Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the heartbreaking news:
RIP Chester - all our love Maria, to you and the kids - Chester will be remembered and surely be missed by us all— Schalk Burger (@skalabrak) September 6, 2019
Came from the 95 BOK group passed from a heart attack! Rip My Buddy one of the greats ??????????????????— Rob Louw (@roblouw6) September 6, 2019
Such sad news to hear of the passing of Chester Williams. RIP Chester. Thoughts and prayers to family— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) September 6, 2019
?? BREAKING NEWS??— ThandoManana (@TandoManana) September 6, 2019
Former Bok Chester Williams has Passed on at the age of 49, its believed to have been a heart attack. May your lovely Soul Rest in Perfect Peace Chessie. ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/z3ghVC9BWx
Our thoughts are with his family.... Such terrible and shocking news..... Chester Williams has passed away from a heart attack.#RIPChester ????— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) September 6, 2019
My 1st rugby hero.. ?? https://t.co/Dki4dcQZWg— Anton Bresler (@Ants00bresler) September 6, 2019
Rest In Peace Chester Williams pic.twitter.com/iuQnnnF9Sv— Toyota Cheetahs (@CheetahsRugby) September 6, 2019
Sad sad news about chessie... rip brotherman!! ?? thoughts with maria and the kids.— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) September 6, 2019
This news of Chester Williams has blown me away. Condolences to all his family at this time. RIP legend???? pic.twitter.com/zulxfmbuAz— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) September 6, 2019
Wow, cant believe it, Rest In Peace Chester. A true Icon and role model?? and more important, better human being??— Henry Davids (@HenryDavids19) September 6, 2019
Jomu Lomu died age 40.— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) September 6, 2019
James Small died age 50.
Joost Van Der Westhuizen died age 45.
Chester Williams died age 49.
Kitch Christie died age 58. All 1995 Rugby World Cup Heroes - all have left us ??
Another huge blow to the rugby family and our country, with the passing of Chester Williams. Talented player, family man, loved by the community, our hearts are bleeding??Mooi loop my broer??— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) September 6, 2019
Rest Peacefully Legend. Blessed to have known him. https://t.co/f0qrkhAA7V— Roland Schoeman (@Rolandschoeman) September 6, 2019
RIP Springbok legend, Chester Williams. Gone way too soon.— Tony Johnstone (@TonyJohnstone56) September 6, 2019