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Welkom Rugby player Jaco Weideman. Photo: Sam Viljoen (Facebook).

Young Free State rugby player dies

Welkom Rugby Club Jaco Weideman has passed away after he started feeling unwell during a rugby match last week

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Welkom Rugby player Jaco Weideman. Photo: Sam Viljoen (Facebook).

Twenty-one-year-old Free State rugby player Jaco Weideman, who suffered a medical problem during a match last week has passed away.

The promising rugby player is reported to have started feeling unwell before he was rushed to the hospital.

According to News24, his heart stopped several times during the second team game between Welkom Rugby Club and the Welkom Rovers last Saturday, 2 July.

He was then admitted to hospital where his heart stopped and was later transferred to Bloemfontein.

The club he played for and the Welkom rugby community held a prayer for Jaco’s speedy recovery at Welkom club rugby field with hopes that the youngster would recover.

However, this afternoon, Friday, 8 July, Jaco passed away at Mediclinic.

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Heartfelt condolences have been pouring in to Jaco’s loved ones during this difficult time.

“Everyone at Goldwagen Welkom is thinking of Jaco Weideman’s family. Please accept our deepest sympathies. With a heavy heart, we mourn our friend and ex-colleague. Wishing that amidst all the pain and sorrow, you as family can find tranquillity through grievance. Sincere condolences from the Goldwagen Welkomteam on the tragic loss. We are keeping you in our earnest prayers,” Goldwagen Welkom wrote on Facebook.

“As a teacher, it is never easy to hear sad news regarding those you taught.
Jaco Weideman you were a real fighter, always worked harder than most. I am sad to hear this news, but I am equally as grateful to know that you are being welcomed to grand stands of heaven. Enjoy it, until we meet again champ,” former teacher Sam Viljoen.

According to Jaco Weiderman’s Facebook profile, he is a former Goudveld Hoërskool boy, who studied Marketing and Management after matric.