Amor Vittone (Photo: Gallo)
The former Springbok rugby player died on Monday afternoon after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2011.
Amor thanked everyone for all the messages of support and said that she and the children are still in “a complete state of shock”.
Amor wrote: “The children and I are in a complete state of shock. We know that for Joosts sake, you will give them the space that they need - and we thank you for that!
“My first priority is to our children right now, and I thank you for understanding, as I try and steer them and navigate through this loss, which will reverberate through all of our lives for a long time to come.”
She added: “Personally - Joost gave me the greatest gift of my life - because he was the father of my children. Even though we were separated, he was in our life on a daily basis right to the end and we shared extraordinary memories.
“I can't say much more, except that I know, the public and press support, meant a great deal to him. Thank you all for the messages of condolences. I've been in tears reading them.....thank you.(sic)”