The rugby world has been rocked by the death of former South Africa international and 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams.
Local media outlets reported that Williams, 49, died of a suspected heart attack.
Williams played 27 times for the Springboks, making his debut as a winger in 1993.
He scored a total of 14 tries for the senior team, four of them on home soil against Samoa at the 1995 tournament, which followed the country's return to international competition after decades of sanctions and anti-apartheid boycotts.
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, said in a statement: "The news of Chester’s passing is devastating and hard to believe, as he was still young and seemingly in good health.
"Chester was a true pioneer in South African rugby and his performances at the World Cup in 1995, as a snapshot of his Springbok career, will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of our rugby public.
"As a member of the Springbok class of 1995, Chester was not only well known in the rugby fraternity, but he was a much-loved South African whose influence stretched wider than just the rugby world.
"He was passionate about rugby and South Africa and as coach, at various levels, selflessly gave back to the game after he hung up his boots. He played with courage and was a beacon of light in his community and in the broader South African context.
"Chester Williams had so much more to give. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife, Maria, his children, family and friends during this very sad time."
Tributes for the Springboks legend have been pouring in from the rugby community on social media.
My childhood hero💔 I still can’t believe it...gone way too soon😢— JP Pietersen (@jppietersen14) September 6, 2019
My condolences go out to Chester’s family and close friends🙏🏽
Rest In Peace Chester Williams
Legend 🙌🏽#RIPChessie pic.twitter.com/8Xupmtfbei
Everyone at England Rugby is saddened to hear of the passing of Rugby World Cup winner Chester Williams.— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) September 6, 2019
Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/DWJW0A1mM1
Chester Williams. You did so much for the sport of rugby in South Africa, from the grassroots to the top you've been an exemplary role model of the game. Thank you for your humility and patience with all those you encountered. Rest In Peace.🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/loZgqECPof— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) September 6, 2019
Desperately saddened to hear of Chester Williams’s passing. A symbol of the rainbow nation, Chester’s name will forever epitomize a remarkable and transformational Rugby World Cup 1995. We’ve lost a great, engaging man far too soon & our thoughts are with his family— Sir Bill Beaumont (@BillBeaumont) September 6, 2019
Another huge blow to the rugby family and our country, with the passing of Chester Williams. Talented player, family man, loved by the community, our hearts are bleeding😔Mooi loop my broer🙏— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) September 6, 2019
Our thoughts are with his family.... Such terrible and shocking news..... Chester Williams has passed away from a heart attack.#RIPChester 💔💔— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) September 6, 2019
Williams was one the first black players to represent the national team that was dominated by white players, making him the face of the push for multi-racial reconciliation that followed Nelson Mandela's election in 1994 as the first democratic president.
At the time of his death, Williams was a coach at the University of Western Cape, according to the local SA Rugby Mag website.