Former Stormers and Western Province prop Morné van der Merwe has passed away aged just 39 after losing his battle with brain cancer.
Van der Merwe made 11 appearances for the Stormers in 2001 and played 28 times for Western Province between 2000-2004.
"WP Rugby would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of Morné van der Merwe, the former Stormers and WP prop forward who passed away this morning," read a statement on the Stormers website.
"Van der Merwe lost his battle with brain cancer on Friday, January 18 and leaves behind his wife Cindy and two children, Josh and Matt."
WP Rugby CEO Rob Wagner added: "Our condolences go out to Morné's family during this tough time.
"It is always sad when you lose a member of the WP Rugby family and we will remember a brave man who was also a great team man."
The funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.