Rugby star Doddie Weir died at age 52, according to a statement from the Weir family sent to the Scottish Rugby Union by the Weir family. Weir died six years after being told he had Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
The Weir family said in a statement, “Doddie was a force of nature that gave us hope.” “His boundless energy and ambition, as well as the strength of his character, drove him in rugby and business, and we think that helped him fight off the effects of MND for so long.”
Weir was diagnosed with MND, a neurological disease, in 2016. He first noticed something was wrong when he caught his hand in a door. When it didn’t heal after a few months, he went to the doctor.
At the time, doctors told him that he might not live for much longer than 18 months. “MND took so much from Doddie, but never his spirit and determination,” according to Weir’s family.
“He fought MND so bravely, and even though he is no longer with us, his fight lives on through his foundation until a cure for this terrible disease is found.” Weir played in 61 international games for Scotland between 1990 and 2000.
The Doddie Weir Cup, which is given to the winner of a match between Scotland and Wales every year, has his name on it. Weir told CNN’s Don Riddell in an interview in 2021, “Life has to be a bit of fun and a bit of a smile because you’re only here once and you’ve got to enjoy yourself.”
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