Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Kate’s ‘brave and handsome’ Zakwan dies of leukaemia

PETALING JAYA: Teenager Zakwan Anuar whose poignant meeting with the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton made international news during her visit here, has died of leukaemia.

The Britain-based daily The Sun quoted a palace spokesman as saying that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were saddened to hear of Zakwan's death and that their thoughts were with his family.

It also said that the royal couple were told of Zakwan's death after his mother Norizan Sulong contacted the paper that ran the story, Farewell to the boy who gave Kate his last smile.

Kate, as she is affectionately known, had visited Zakwan, 15, at Hospis Malaysia during her tour with Prince William here last month and said that he was “very brave” and “very handsome”.

Norizan, 47, was quoted by The Sun as saying: “We were next to him when he had his last moment. He was surrounded by his brother, sister, father, grandfather, grandmothers and schoolmates. I miss him terribly.”

During the royal visit, Kate also signed Zakwan's birthday card.

Zakwan had postponed a scheduled blood transfusion to meet the royal couple.

Doctors had expected Zakwan to pass away within 48 hours of their meeting, but his 15-minute chat with the Duchess gave him the strength to battle on for two more weeks.


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