Former South African Rugby Union president and politician Louis Luyt has died.

Luyt was reportedly admitted to Durban hospital where he died this morning.

He was 80 years old.

Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) issued a statement saying that it was “with great sadness” that the union had learnt of the passing of the former Lions boss, “one of South Africa’s most iconic rugby figures”.


“I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to Doc Luyt’s dear wife and children on behalf of myself and the Golden Lions Rugby Union,” GLRU president Kevin de Klerk said.

“This union was always regarded as his home in rugby and we are saddened by the news of his passing.”

“He was always a great mentor, for most of us involved in the game, and we always strove to attain the very high standards that he set. I will sorely miss him,” De Klerk said. - IOL