Cape Town - “It is with great sadness and shock that we have learnt that Chester Williams, our head of rugby and legendary Springbok, has died.
"While Chester was a passionate supporter and leader of rugby at the University of the Western Cape, he was a man who belonged to the South African nation."
These were the words from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Pretorius after news broke of Williams' death. According to reports, the 49-year-old died after suffering a suspected heart attack.
The professor said the Williams was beloved by all on campus for "his gentle yet determined manner".
"We will forever be indebted to this son of the South African soil for his talented display on the field as well as his innately compassionate character off the field.