The 58-year-old was a member of the Springbok squad that defeated the All Blacks at Ellis Park in the historic 1995 World Cup.
He reportedly passed away in a car accident on Sunday night before eMalahleni, heading toward Pretoria.
Strydom’s passing was characterized as tragic by Kobus Wiese, a former Springbok lock and member of the 1995 team.
The loss of a teammate and friend is very tragic news. It’s a huge loss. For the Lions and South Africa, I had the honor of playing alongside him.
He was a true teammate, someone who was enjoyable to work with and get to know, and he was very successful on the field with other locks.
These events are never appropriate. For the entire team of players, today is a sad day, Wiese said.
He claimed that Strydom was pleased with the group for France’s fourth World Cup victory.
Every player trains for and makes sacrifices for years in order to win a World Cup, it goes without saying. The privilege and chance to win a World Cup were extremely rare for men.
In 1995, Hannes and I had the honor of being a part of the team that could accomplish that at home.
So I am fully aware of their emotions as they lifted the fourth Web Ellis trophy. It is unique and always will be, he declared.