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Late champ Coetzee's agonising final days: 'He only had a week to live but we couldn't tell him'

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South African heavyweight boxing legend Gerrie Coetzee during a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa. It is reported that Dricus du Plessis will play the role of the  heavyweight boxer Gerrie Coetzee in the upcoming biographical film Against All Odds. Coetzee was the first boxer in the history of world boxing to win the heavyweight title for the African continent.
South African heavyweight boxing legend Gerrie Coetzee during a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa. It is reported that Dricus du Plessis will play the role of the heavyweight boxer Gerrie Coetzee in the upcoming biographical film Against All Odds. Coetzee was the first boxer in the history of world boxing to win the heavyweight title for the African continent.
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Gerrie Coetzee's business manager Thinus Strydom said the former heavyweight boxer's cancer didn't show up until he was taken to a doctor for scans.

Coetzee, who was 67, succumbed to cancer on Thursday, but the illness, according to Strydom, was only discovered last week, from where he was given a week to live.

Strydom said the family didn't inform Coetzee about the cancer because of the prognosis they received from the doctor.

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