Gary Player Announces His Wife of 64 Years Has Died

by Samantha Whidden

Golf legend Gary Player announced on Wednesday (August 18th) that his wife of 64 years, Vivienne Player, has passed away from pancreatic cancer. 

“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,” Gary Player shares in a statement, which featured gorgeous of the Player family. “I cannot describe the deep sense of sadness I feel at having lost the one person who has always meant the world to me.”

Gary Player also states that Vivienne was a constant in his life from the moment he first set eyes on her when he was just 14-years-old. “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.”

The golfing pro further states that his wife taught him the value of love, faith, and trust. She also taught their children the same values. They are blessed to have a mother who lives those values every single day.

“When we first met, I had no doubt it was love at first sight,” Gary Player proclaimed. “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.”

Gary Player and Vivienne were married in January 1957. They have six children, 22 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Gary Player Reveals His Wife’s Battle With Cancer in 2020

Last year, Gary Player revealed that his wife had been battling cancer. In a Facebook post, the golf pro wrote, “When Vivienne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it was a massive shock to me and all our family.”

Gary shared that she was able to attend the Issels Medical Center in California. The results during that time were promising. “Her road to recovery is not over, but she is well on her way. Thank you to everybody who has reached out and showed their support. We truly appreciate it.”

Days after announcing the unfortunate news, Gary Player shared a special video of Vivienne actually showing off her golfing skills. “I’ve received nothing but unwavering support from her. She had many impressive accolades in golf. But her most impressive, in my opinion, was making two hole-in-one in a single round and was one revolution away from a third. In order to stop her from beating me on the course. I asked for 6 kids.”

The pro golfer opened up about her continuous battle in January by writing, “It’s been a difficult year seeing her battle cancer, but i’s made me realize how incredibly lucky I have been and what a special life we have shared. I love you, Viv.”