Golfing legend Arnold Palmer died Sunday afternoon (Sept. 25) in Pittsburgh, reports ESPN. He was 87.
Longtime agent, Alastair Johnston, said Palmer died of complications from heart problems. He was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian on Thursday (Sept. 22) for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the past few days.
Palmer’s career spanned over more than five decades, during which he won seven major championships — including the Masters four times, The Open twice and the U.S. Open once.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador,” the United States Golf Association said in a statement. “Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word. He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport.
“Our stories of him not only fill the pages of golf’s history books and the walls of the museum but also our own personal golf memories. The game is indeed better because of him and, in so many ways, will never be the same.”
For fans outside of golf, Palmer is best known for the drink named after him: the Arnold Palmer — his favorite concoction of iced tea and lemonade.