The Spanish golf legend, Seve Ballesteros has died of cancer at his home in Pedrena (Cantabria), northern Spain.
He passed away surrounded by his immediate members of his family in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His family had said on his website, that he had suffered a “severe deterioration” of his condition.
Ballesteros, 54, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after losing consciousness at Madrid airport on October 6, 2008.
He underwent four operations to remove the tumor and reduce swelling in his skull, as well as chemotherapy.
Ballesteros, who claimed 87 titles over his career, won the Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988 and became the first European to win the Augusta Masters in 1980, repeating the feat in 1983.
Ballesteros topped golf’s world ranking for 61 weeks between 1986 and 1989 and won the World Match Play Championship five times, equaling Gary Player’s record.