Student dies after head knock

2012-09-11 12:47

Johannesburg - A promising young rugby player from the University of Johannesburg, who would have signed a professional player's contract on Monday, died over the weekend after bumping his head at a party.

Roche van der Westhuizen, 24, died in his sleep on Saturday night, several hours after he tripped on a step and knocked his head against a wall, Beeld reported.

His brother, Quintus van der Westhuizen, 34, said Roche had gone out with friends to celebrate winning a rugby match earlier in the day.

Roche was the prop for UJ's second team in their Predator final against Rustenburg Impala on Saturday afternoon.

After he bumped his head at a Greenside restaurant, the group went to get takeaways, after which they went back to their Northcliff student home, it was reported.

"He fell asleep and never woke up... we're not sure what caused his death, we'll have to wait for autopsy results. It's an absolute freak accident," Van der Westhuizen said.

Border Bulldogs coach Paul Flanagan confirmed that Roche would have signed a contract on Monday.

"We'd been watching him for a while. It's incredibly tragic that something like this could happen to such a promising young player," he said.


  • japjapjap.wat - 2012-09-11 13:12

    so wats die konklusie?? party is gevaarliker as rugby?? mamma leer jou seun rugby speel, maar hou hul weg van parties........

      bootman.bokke - 2012-09-11 13:16

      Jeez dude..........was that supposed to be funny?

      moregareth - 2012-09-11 13:31

      Why should there be a conclusion? It's a relevant piece of news. You are truly Jap Jap aren't you?

      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-09-11 13:42

      Regtig japjapjap.wat? 'n Jong speler van ons geliefde sport sterf tragies en dis al wat jy kan sĂȘ? Het jy regtig geen gevoel vir jou mede mens? Hoe sal sy ma voel as sy jou onnosele comment moet lees? Hou asb jou onnosegeid vir jou self in sulke situasies. Dis meer gepas op die Blou Bul artikels. . . . .onnosel. Sterkte aan sy familie, UJ en sy spanmaats. Ons dink aan julle. W.P. groete uit Pretoria.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-09-11 15:33

      japjap,a comment like that is totally uncalled for, he has family and freinds that are greiving his death, i knew the kid and he was well liked and got on well with most people whch is more i can say for you sitting at your key board and letting your fingers take advice from you ar@ehole, like to teach you to box you idiot. again RIP Roche and condolences to your family.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-09-11 20:45

      dis ni suppose to be funny ni, jack-asses. dis 'n gevolgtrekking!!!! "rugby speler speel weekliks rugby en is nooit ernstig beseer ni, maar tydens 'n party gebeur di tragiese ding...." ouens word wakker, julle tree op soos 'n klomp klein sinnige patete??

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-09-11 13:47

    Was about to lament Rugby as a dangerous and unnecessary sport again, but it was not during the game. The story is like a puzzle to me, all I could do speculate. Maybe he was too drunk, maybe he overdosed on some kind of drug, maybe he was poisoned, maybe is just an unfortunate incident, maybe is God's calling. Well I hope his family get to know the results of what could have been the cause. RIP young man

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-09-11 15:37

      it was as reported an unfortunate tragic incident

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-09-11 15:41

      maczieprick, got nothing decent to say shut it,the kid has got family and friends that are grieving, by the way he was no jhb joller, he came from vanderbjyl was top fit and lived to play rugby he also was a well liked person to most that knew him, have some respect for his family ar@ehole.

      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-09-11 16:18

      Hey macziekpk, why don't you come here so I can give you a head knock!!! Do you really want to tell me you could not spare a thought for this boys grieving family, friends and team mates before posting such a heartless comment? Would love to see his team mates get hold of you. . . . . Once again, condolences to the family, friends, UJ and his team mates. W.P. groete uit Pretoria

  • danie.fick.98 - 2012-09-11 13:47

    Bootman,muni ju steur an trit japjap nie,hys desperaat vir aandag wat sy ma hom nie gegee het nie

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