Cape Town — Former Springbok legend Chester Williams has passed away, SA Rugby confirmed to Sport24 on Friday.
The 49-year-old died from a sudden heart attack.
Sport24 understands that Williams had complained about a pain in his chest on Friday afternoon after returning to his home in Cape Town after a gym session.
He was rushed to hospital, but passed away on arrival.
Williams was part of Springbok 1995 Rugby World Cup winning squad.
He played 27 Tests for the Boks between 1993 and 2000, scoring 14 tries in that time.
Since retiring he has been active on the coaching circuit including stints with the Springbok Sevens team, Super Rugby's Cats and the Pumas.
Williams was the head rugby coach for the University of Western Cape (UWC). The university's media manager tweeted that he was in contact with Williams on Friday morning.
Less than two months ago, Williams' Springbok wing partner James Small died at the age of 50, also from a heart attack.
South African rugby lovers and friends and former team-mates of Williams were taking to Twitter on Friday evening to pay their respects to a man who is one of the most iconic Springboks ever to have played the game.
Just last week, Williams invited Cape Town media and members of the rugby community to the launch of a new business venture that saw him create his own brand of beer called Chester's Lager and IPA.
The product is due to be sold in Japan during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
I'm reeling. I gave Chester a lift to the UWC Admin block yesterday. We were chatting on whatsapp just morning. The guy was fine. ??????-- Gasant Abarder (@GasantAbarder) September 6, 2019