Joost quashes 'death' rumours

2012-09-05 09:34
Cape Town - Joost van der Westhuizen is alive and kicking.

The former Springbok hero, who is suffering from the degenerative disorder motor neuron disease (MND), has taken to Twitter to assure fans that he is still alive.

The rumours of his death started when a BBM message claiming that Joost had died at 17:45 on Tuesday night was circulated.

YOU magazine reports that soon after, their Facebook page was flooded with messages of concern for the ill rugby star.

Joost's J9 foundation, which offers support to other MND sufferers, denied rumours that Joost had passed away. "Confirming that the BBM message about Joost is false. He is at home enjoying a relaxed evening," they wrote on their Facebook page.

Joost later tweeted (as @9Joost): "Ek is 100% fine. Daar is niks fout nie. Het 'n awesome dag agter die rug. Lekker aand v almal!!" (I am 100% fine. There is nothing wrong. I had an awesome day today. Goodnight everyone!)

And later:

YOU magazine also assured fans that Joost was fine after speaking to him on Wednesday morning.

Concerns for Joost's health escalated this week after he appeared on M-Net's Carte Blanche on Sunday night, looking weakened and having difficulty speaking, while giving an inside look into his daily battles with his fatal illness.

Watch Joost's interview with Derek Watts on Carte Blanche here.


  • adriana.gebhardt.33 - 2012-09-05 09:44

    People should get a life. Two am in the morning idiots bbm me that Joost had died. I know this isn't true because it would have been on the news at Seven, the TOP story. Top being such believe it all idiots and start doing something other then BBM people at two in the morning over some crazy story that isn't even true. Stay strong JOOST

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-09-05 10:30

    According to Twitter a few weeks ago Sandra Bullock died and last week on Facebook Eddie Murphy died too.

  • kristen.healing.1 - 2012-09-05 12:17

    I was incredibly moved & troubled after watching his segment on Carte Blanche. This man, no matter what mistakes he has made in the past, deserves to see his kids more often.SHAME ON YOU AMORE, for being such so cold.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-05 16:37

      @ oupaoumascheepers and you are an idiot, hopefully you don't have any children.

  • DiversitySa - 2012-09-05 18:25

    oupaoumascheepers . You are clearly an attention seeker. Get a life moron.

  • 'Sunet van Heerden - 2012-09-05 23:11

    those who only have negative things to say about Joost GET A LIFE, cause YOU never did nothing wrong in your life,JOOST messed up ones,thats not to say he is bad,hell give me someone that is perfect. that is the problem in this SA,instead of standing together and helping each other,some people are out to screw each other on every corner,so stop your Sh@t about JOOST,he is an excelant man,leave him to enjoy his time that he still have on earth to relax

  • coleen.j.mayo - 2012-09-06 07:38

    Why doesn't everyone get a life. Joost is the attention seeker appearing on Cart Blanche now he has probably 99% of the population on his side and now Amore is the bad one. Yeah right! Whatever! Amore stay strong.

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