Former IBO boxing champion Chris Van Heerden has been caught up in a personal family tragedy this holiday period.

A now viral clip of his father getting shot in the back by a police office in South Africa has emerged:

(Warning: This footage may distress some viewers)

Truly, truly horrific stuff. It has been reported that Mr. Van Heerden has died as a result of the shooting.

Chris Van Heerden has had this to say on social media:

Very, very sad news indeed this holiday season.

Everyone at Boxing News and Views wishes to send our prayers and deepest condolences to the Van Heerden at this difficult time.