Comrades runner dies of organ failure

By Drum Digital
10 June 2014

Louis du Preez, the Comrades runner who collapsed in the final stretch dies

A 39-year-old runner who collapsed in the final stretch of the Comrades Marathon has died in hospital, The Star reported on Tuesday.

Louis du Preez, a father-of-two from Moreleta Park in Pretoria, spent a week in ICU at St Augustine's Hospital in Durban until his death around 2am on Sunday.

Chairman of the Magnoalia Road Runners, of which Du Preez was a member, Tinus Marais said it was suspected Du Preez had an undetected viral infection that led to organ failure.

"Everyone thought he would get better," he said.

Du Preez completed the race in under  11 hours. He ran the marathon as part of the 'Sudan for Jesus' charity initiative. He was one of the top five fundraisers for the group.

-          Sapa

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