There’s something incredibly heart-shattering about watching someone lose their soulmate. South African golfing legend Gary Player has penned a touching tribute to his wife of 64 years, Vivienne, who passed away after her long battle with pancreatic cancer, reports News24.
The two share six children together, along with 22 grandchildren.
Player took to social media to share a touching tribute to his “rock and soulmate:”
“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, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a wonderful human being who 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 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.“
An incredible tribute to a courageous woman.
Statement of Gary Player on the passing of his wife, Vivienne. pic.twitter.com/Qg7pDbYBub
— GARY PLAYER (@garyplayer) August 18, 2021