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Willem de Klerk, the son of former president FW de Klerk, has died at the age of 53.
The FW de Klerk Foundation announced the 53-year-old's death on Wednesday.
"It is with the deepest sadness that FW de Klerk announces that his son, Willem, died last night in Durbanville after a courageous battle against cancer. The family will, in due course, make a further announcement regarding funeral arrangements," said the foundation in a brief statement.
"The family will, in due course, make a further announcement regarding funeral arrangements,"the foundation said in a brief statement.
Willem is survived by his father, and two siblings, Jan and Susan.
He avoided the political arena and instead chose to work in public relations, and industry he had served in for the best part of 30 years.
Willem was known for his 'whirlwind romances' but his love affairs often ended in unflattering circumstances.