rugby cool Doddy Weir died aged 52, according to a statement from the Weir family, which was released to the public by the Scottish Rugby Union.
Weir died six years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).
“Doddy was an inspirational force of nature,” the Weir family wrote. “His inexhaustible energy and drive, as well as his strength of character, have helped him in his career in rugby and business and we believe have enabled him to deal with the effects of ALS for so many years.”
In 2016, Weir was diagnosed with neurodegenerative disorder MND.
He first noticed the problem when he caught his hand on the door, and when it still hadn’t healed after a few months, he sought medical attention.
The doctors then told him that his life expectancy could not exceed 18 months.
“MND took so much from Doddy, but never his spirit and determination,” Weir’s family said.
“He fought so bravely against MND and while his own battle may be over, his fight continues through his foundation until a cure is found for all those suffering from this devastating disease.”
Weir made 61 caps for Scotland between 1990 and 2000.
His name adorns the Doddy Weir Cup, the annual trophy awarded to the winner of the match between Scotland and Wales.
“There has to be a bit of laughter and a bit of a smile in life because you’re only here once and you’re supposed to have fun,” Weir told CNN’s Don Riddell in a 2021 interview.