Iconic South African golfer Gary Player has opened up on the death of his beloved wife Vivienne after a battle with cancer.
On Wednesday, Player’s wife passed away from pancreatic cancer, with tributes pouring in from around the world.
Gary and Vivienne were married for 64 years. They have six children: Jennifer, Marc, Wayne, Michele, Theresa and Amanda.
Gary has since released a heartfelt statement.
“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.
“I cannot describe the deep sense of sadness I feel at having lost the one person who has always meant the world to me.
“Vivienne has been a constant in my life from the moment I first set eyes on her when I was 14.
“She fully supported my career and raised our six children almost single-handedly while I was touring the world playing golf. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a wonderful human being that cared so deeply for others and lived her life in service to others.
“Vivienne taught me the value of love, faith and trust. She taught our children those same values and they were blessed to have a mother who lived those values every single day.
“When we first met, I had no doubt that it was love at first sight and it turned out to be a love story of a lifetime. I believe it will also be so when we are finally together again.
“Until then, I will miss my Viv dearly,” the statement ended.
Statement of Gary Player on the passing of his wife, Vivienne. pic.twitter.com/Qg7pDbYBub
— GARY PLAYER (@garyplayer) August 18, 2021