The golf world is mourning the passing of Arnold Palmer who died Sunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
The winner of seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour titles, Palmer passed away at approximately 5 p.m. His daughters were by his side as he died of complications from heart problems. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday and was scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure for his heart on Monday morning.
“I was not shocked, because his health wasn’t good, but I must say I did not expect it,” said his close friend and business associate, Charlie Mechem.
“We spoke on the phone almost every day last week, and most days he was in good spirits. Arnold was the greatest page-turner I’ve ever known, and I mean that in the most positive way. It was part of his greatness as a golfer, and it was part of his greatness as a person. For him, tomorrow was always going to be a better day.”
I love this lighthearted clip of Arnie, it helps remind us of why he was so popular.
Palmer is survived by his second wife, Kit; his daughters, Amy (Roy) Saunders and Peggy (Stewart) Bryan; six grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; his brother, Jerry, and sisters, Sandra Sarni and Lois “Cheech” Tilly.