Cape Town - The news of Joost van der Westhuizen's death has seen the sporting community join together to pay tribute to a man who is considered one of the greatest scrumhalves in history.
The former Springbok scrumhalf died on Monday after losing his battle with motor neuron disease.
He was 45.
Van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital in a critical condition on Saturday, his J9 Foundation confirmed.
Despite stabilising and showing signs of acknowledging those around him, Van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday afternoon.
Tributes poured out on Twitter for the former Springbok player: