• The King had been admitted to hospital on Thursday
• "My friend - many people's friend - just wore out" - Nicklaus
Tributes have been pouring in for Arnold Palmer, who has died aged 87.
According to GolfDigest, Palmer passed away at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at 5pm EDT of complications from heart problems.
"My friend – many people’s friend – just wore out" - Jack Nicklaus
He had been admitted to the hospital on Thursday and was scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure for his heart on Monday morning.
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“My friend – many people’s friend – just wore out,” said Jack Nicklaus. “I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better. That’s what Arnold has always tried to do.
“He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything. He didn’t give up even now. Maybe his body did, but I know Arnold’s will and spirit did not.
“I wish I had another chance to talk to him, but I am so glad we talked a couple weeks ago on his birthday (September 10), when he sounded great. So Barbara and I are just in shock and incredibly saddened.”
Nicklaus wasn’t alone in sharing his grief and admiration for Palmer, arguably golf’s greatest ambassador whose influence on the game went far beyond his record of seven major titles and 62 PGA Tour wins.
Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold. pic.twitter.com/UlyfpIBOL2— President Obama (@POTUS) September 26, 2016
Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs. Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 26, 2016
(2/2) It’s hard to imagine golf without you or anyone more important to the game than the King.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) September 26, 2016
So sad to hear Mr. Palmer has passed away. He touched us all and was an incredible role model. The KING.— Jason Day (@JDayGolf) September 26, 2016
Remembering the special times I spent with Mr Palmer at Bay Hill. A true pioneer for our sport. Forever remembered. pic.twitter.com/qJQBpDWTWv— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 26, 2016
It's an honor to be a lockermate with you at ANGC. You inspired millions, changed the game, and will forever be missed. #arnie— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) September 26, 2016
Mr. Palmer was truly one of golf's greatest icons. His legacy will live on. #RIPTheKing— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 26, 2016
OMGosh sad news! Will miss that vice handshake and glint in your eye as you tried to crush my hand! RIP King Arnold pic.twitter.com/b9eDVP9ADJ— Sir Nick Faldo (@NickFaldo006) September 26, 2016
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