Kate 'saddened' by death of teenage cancer patient

The Duchess of Cambridge is "saddened" to hear of the death of a teenage cancer patient who postponed treatment so he could meet the young royal during her recent tour of Malaysia.

Zakwan Anuar, 15, who had leukaemia, delayed a badly-needed blood transfusion for 24 hours and put himself through extra pain so he would not miss the royal visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge speaks with Zakwan Anuar, 15, during a visit to the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Kate's trip with William to the Kuala Lumpur hospice where the schoolboy was receiving care transformed his demeanour and brought a rare smile to the face of the teenager, who is believed to have died last Thursday.

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are saddened to hear of Zakwan's death. Their thoughts are with his family at this time."