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It's a truly sad, sad day for Jannie du Plessis and his family.
The rugby community is in mourning after the 10-month-old son of the World Cup-winning legend tragically drowned in the family's swimming pool.
According to reports, the incident occurred during du Plessis' 39th birthday celebrations.
"police were called to a scene of drowning whereby a 10-month-old baby boy fell in the swimming pool," local police captain Raymond Sebonyane told reporters.
"The police appeal to parents or guardians of younger children to be more careful where children are playing closer to any hazard.
"Those with swimming pools should fence them off or cover them with safety nets if not being used."
Tributes have come flooding in with fans and family members alike all sending messages of support to the South African great.
Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli sent his deepest condolences.
"We, as a Lions family, aren't doing well," he said.
"I can confirm that this tragedy took place. We are all devastated."
"As I'm sure everyone can understand, Jannie and his family now need to be left alone to process this tragedy.
"We offer our full support to him and kindly request everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers."
The All Blacks whānau send our love & thoughts to Jannie du Plessis and his family at this difficult time pic.twitter.com/9tyUqxNsVM- All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 17, 2021
The thoughts of everyone at England Rugby are with Jannie du Plessis and his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/XHkvnppbx3- England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 17, 2021
Former Springbok Toks van der Linde also shared his thoughts
He tweeted: "Please pray for Jannie du Plessis and his family.
"His son of one year old drowned last night, my heart is broken broken broken. So so sad."
The heartbreaking news eventually reached social media with the All Blacks and England rugby teams playing their respects.
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