American legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer is dead. The golf star died on Sunday, September 25, at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh.
He was said to have died on Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises said Palmer was admitted to the hospital on Thursday, September 22, for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.
Born in Latrobe, Pa., Palmer’s endearing personality and skill on the links earned him the nickname “The King,” during a career whose beginning coincided with the birth of television sports.
Along the way, he became one of the wealthiest celebrity endorsers, a philanthropist, golf course designer and pilot.
Palmer’s long string of victories on the PGA tour began in 1955, and he became one of the sport’s most recognizable personalities, along with Jack Nicklaus.
Palmer’s charismatic personality also made him a sought after pitchman, for several products, perhaps most famously Quaker State motor oil.
“Arnold Palmer was the everyday man’s hero,” Nicklaus said. “From the modest upbringing, Arnold embodied the hard-working strength of America.”