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South African golfing legend Gary Player has paid tribute to his wife Vivienne who had passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

In a post on social media, the 85-year-old shared the tragic news of her passing.

“The unthinkable has happened. My wife of 64 years, my childhood sweetheart, my rock and my soulmate Vivienne has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.”

At a loss for words when it came to explaining his deep sense of sadness, he said when he met her it was love at first sight.

“I cannot describe the deep sense of sadness I feel at having lost the one person who has always meant the world to me.”

He went on to describe how she almost single-handedly raised their six kids so that he could tour the world while playing golf.

Sport24 described Player as South Africa’s greatest sportsman, having won 163 professional golf tournaments, including nine majors.

While their love story might have ended, her memory will remain forever. The Players were married for 64 years.

“I will miss my Viv dearly.”

Image credit: The Sun

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