Shattering news from Gary Player … the golf legend has announced that his 64-year-old wife has died of cancer.
The three-time Masters champion announced the terrible news on his social media page on Wednesday… saying, “The unthinkable has happened.”
“My childhood sweetheart, my rock and my soulmate Vivienne has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer,” said Player.
“I cannot describe the deep sense of sadness I feel at the loss of the one person who has always meant the world to me.”
Statement from Gary Player on the death of his wife Vivienne. pic.twitter.com/Qg7pDbYBub
– GARY PLAYER (@garyplayer) August 18, 2021 @garyplayer
Player explained that he met Vivienne when he was 14 years old… and called it “love at first sight.”
The two eventually married in 1957.
“She fully supported my career, raising our six children almost on her own as I golfed around the world,” Player said. “She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a wonderful person who cared so much about others and lived her life in the service of others.”
The 85-year-old golfer continued: “Vivienne taught me the values 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 day.”
REST IN PEACE.