Former Springboks coach Peter de Villiers’ daughter has lost her battle with cancer at the age of just 28.
Odille Monk was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 after doctors found a lump in her chest. The former Springbok coach was ever-present by her side during the illness and chemotherapy sessions.
In an interview with YOU, de Villiers said: “You mustn’t just tell your children you care, you must show them.”
Sadly Ms Monk lost her battle with the disease and passed away at early on Sunday morning.
Former @Springboks coach Peter de Villiers' daughter, Odille Monk, sadly passed away this morning after losing her battle against cancer.
— Shafiek Mouton (@fiekie7) December 15, 2019
Tributes and condolences have been shared with de Villiers, who coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011.
1/ Saddened to announce that former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers (PDV) @PeterDeVillier5 has lost his daughter Odille. This just advised me by Peter’s agent, Yasina Sport. Details soon. I’ve always been a great admirer of PDV. Peter is a gracious admirer of my rugby-son. ?? pic.twitter.com/39L9rH2j6D
— Gerald Maguranyanga SPORTING AGENT (@maguranyanga) December 15, 2019
Sports presenter Derek Alberts wrote: “Sincerest condolences to former Bok coach and the last man to lead a team to a series victory over the B&I Lions, Peter de Villiers, after his daughter Odille lost her battle with cancer.”
Sincerest condolences to former Bok coach and the last man to lead a team to a series victory over the B&I Lions, Peter de Villiers, after his daughter Odille lost her battle with cancer.
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) December 15, 2019
“From all of us at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, we’d like to send our sincere condolences to Peter de Villiers and his family on the sad passing of his daughter.”
From all of us at the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, we'd like to send our sincere condolences to Peter de Villiers and his family on the sad passing of his daughter. pic.twitter.com/INlcb8zeBx
— COBRAS CRICKET (@CobrasCricket) December 15, 2019
De Villiers achieved a 62% success rate with the Springboks.
His last act was to take South Africa to a quarter-final finish at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
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