Doddie Weir, the Scotland and British & Irish Lions rugby great, has died after a long battle with motor neurone disease at the age of 52.
His death was announced in a statement from his wife Kathy on Saturday afternoon released via the Scottish Rugby Union.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved husband and father, Doddie,” the statement said.
“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 for so many years.
“Doddie put the same energy and even more love and fun into our lives together: he was a true family man. 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.
“Hamish, Angus, Ben and I would like to thank everyone for your support and for respecting our privacy at this difficult time. Kathy Weir.”