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May072011

Spanish Golfer Seve Ballesteros Dies

JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images(CANTABRIA, Spain) -- Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros has died. He was 54.

According to a statement posted on his website, Ballesteros died at his family’s home in Pedreña, Spain, shortly after 2 a.m. local time Saturday.

Ballesteros’ death comes after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on October 5, 2008. On Friday his family had announced that Ballesteros’ neurological condition had severely worsened.

A statement on his website said that the Ballesteros family was “grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received” since he was diagnosed, and that the family asks for respect and privacy at this time.

In reaction to Ballesteros’ death, fellow golfer Tiger Woods posted a three-part message on his Twitter account Saturday saying: “I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Seve Ballesteros. I always enjoyed spending time with him at the Champions dinner each year at the Masters. Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game… His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed. His death came much too soon.”

Ballesteros won over 80 titles during his golfing career including wins at the Open and the Augusta Masters.

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