One of golf’s most beloved legends, Seve Ballesteros, has passed away at 54 following a long battle with a brain tumour.
In a statement on his website, Seve’s family expressed their thanks for the outpouring of support by fans across the world:
“Today, at 2.10 a.m. Spanish time, Seve Ballesteros passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Pedreña.
The Ballesteros family is very grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received since Seve was diagnosed with a brain tumour on 5th October 2008 at Madrid Hospital la Paz.
At this time the family asks for respect and privacy at such a painful time.”
The former World No. 1, Ballesteros was one of the sport’s leading figures from the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s. With 91 professional wins, including 50 European Tour victories (#1 all time) and 5 Majors, Ballesteros was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and was considered one of golf’s greatest players.