Saturday, May 7, 2011
Golfing great Seve Ballesteros has died aged 54
Seve Ballesteros, one of golf's greatest and most charismatic players, has died aged 54.
The five-time major winner, who had brain surgery in 2008 to remove a malignant brain tumour, suffered "a severe deterioration" in his condition overnight according to his family and died today.
"Today, at 2.10am Spanish time (10.10am AEST), Seve Ballesteros passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Pedrea," a statement said on his website.
"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. Thank you very much."
Ballesteros was one of the sport's most celebrated personalities from the mid-1970s to the 1990s, collecting 87 career victories, including three British Opens and two Masters titles.
He was also a crucial ingredient in Europe's rediscovered love affair with the Ryder Cup before retiring in 2007 with back problems.
Ballesteros was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour after losing consciousness at Madrid airport in 2008.
He underwent four operations to remove the tumour and reduce swelling in his skull, as well as chemotherapy.
He called his battle against the tumour the "hardest challenge of my life".