The Blue Bulls Rugby Union mourns the passing away of former Blue Bulls player André Skinner, who lost his battle against cancer this week.
Skinner died at the age of 56. He lived in Hartebeespoort, reported Rekord Oos.
He sat on the bench for the Springboks and played for the Northern Transvaal and Tukkies rugby teams.
The news about his death went viral on social media on Wednesday morning, with friends, family and rugby players conveying their condolences.
Skinner’s lifelong friend Piet Kruger told Rekord that he died around 00:30 on Wednesday in hospital.
“André was admitted in hospital last week on Monday because of fluid on his lungs. I saw him on Friday and Saturday,” said Kruger.
He said Skinner was looking tired.
Skinner was diagnosed with cancer last year. Kruger said neither radiotherapy or chemotherapy could save Skinner and he resorted to alternative treatment, which did not help.
“André was a talented and honest rugby player. He was called the gentle giant and was a wonderful person. Sometimes we gave each other advice even though we did not always play together,” Kruger said.