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Doddie Weir: Scottish Rugby giant Dies Aged 52 after suffering with motor neurone disease

Doddie Weir: Scottish Rugby giant Dies Aged 52 after suffering with motor neurone disease

Doddie Weir,  rugby legend, has died at the age of 52 after a six-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

The former Scotland and Lions player’s death was confirmed by his family this evening.

Since his diagnosis in 2016, he has advocated for more research and funding into the disease.

Doddie Weir: Scottish Rugby giant Dies Aged 52 after suffering with motor neurone disease

He made 61 international appearances for the Scotland national team. He lived with his family on a farm which he bought in the Scottish Borders. The Doddie Weir Cup is named after him.

Just last week, Doddie delivered the match ball during an Autumn Nations Series match between Scotland and New Zealand at BT Murrayfield.

A statement from the Weir family said: ‘It is with great sadness we announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Doddie.

‘Doddie was an inspirational force of nature. His unending energy and drive, and his strength of character powered him through his rugby and business careers and, we believe, enabled him to fight the effects of MND (Motor Neurone Disease) for so many years.

Doddie Weir pictured at a match on November 13. Since his diagnosis in 2017, he has campaigned for greater research and funding intothe disease
Doddie Weir was pictured at a match on November 13th. Since his diagnosis in 2017, he has advocated for more research and funding into the disease.

‘Doddie put the same energy and even more love and fun into our lives together: he was a true family man. Whether working together on the farm, on holiday, or celebrating occasions with wider family and friends, Doddie was always in the thick of it. We are lucky to have shared our lives with him and we cherish those memories: his love and warmth, his support and advice, his quick wit, and his terrible jokes. It is difficult to put into words how much we will miss him.

‘MND took so much from Doddie, but never his spirit and determination. He battled MND so bravely, and whilst his own battle may be over, his fight continues through his foundation, until a cure is found for all those with this devastating disease.

Doddie Weir: Scottish Rugby giant Dies Aged 52 after suffering with motor neurone disease

‘Hamish, Angus, Ben and I would like to thank everyone for your support and for respecting our privacy at this difficult time.’

Scottish Rugby issued a statement on social media this evening, announcing the tragic news, just weeks after the sporting legend made an emotional return to.

Their statement read: ‘We’re devastated to hear of the passing of Doddie Weir.

‘A Scotland legend, his determination to raise awareness & help find a cure for MND epitomised his personality.

‘Our thoughts are with his family, friends, all connected with Scottish Rugby and his charity at this difficult time.