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.

Our deepest sympathies go out to du Preez’s family and friends.

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