Corrie Sanders dies

Eyewitness News can confirm that former heavy weight boxing champion Corrie Sanders has died.

Former heavy weight boxing champion Corrie Sanders. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News can confirm that former heavy weight boxing champion Corrie Sanders has died after he was shot while at a restaurant outside Brits, northwest of Pretoria.

It is understood he was shot in the stomach.

He was transferred to the Kalafong Hospital for further treatment but has since passed away.

The boxer's close friend, musician Kurt Darren, says he was shocked when he learnt the news.

"It's not speculation; he definitely passed away at 4am. He fought hard for eight hours. He was shot in the stomach by armed robbers at his nephew's 21st birthday."

Police are investigating the case.