Golfing great Arnold Palmer died on Sunday, September 25, at 87 of heart-related complications. "We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87," the United States Golf Association tweeted.
He was admitted at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for a surgery due Monday, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Arnold is survived by his wife, Kit, daughters Amy Saunders and Peggy Wears, six grandchildren, one of whom â€” Sam Saunders â€” is a PGA player and nine great grand children. Meanwhile, current and former players have expressed grief over the news on social media.
Tiger Woods, in his tweet, wrote he is thankful for Arnold's friendship and the humility, adding that it will be hard to imagine golf without him. Justin Thomas tweeted he was "absolutely gutted" to hear the news. Brandt Snedeker posted: "Such a sad day. One of the highlights of my life was getting to know The King. He will be missed.. #AP #longlivetheking. " Ian Baker-Finch, Rickie Fowler, Ricky Barnes, Billy Hurley III, Brad Faxon, Graham DeLaet and David Duval are some of the many golfers who paid their final respects to the legendary sportsman.