The King is dead: Latrobe legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer passed away Sunday in Pittsburgh, a city he loved his entire life.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer


Updated 10:27 a.m. Sept. 26

No one could tell a story like Arnold Palmer.

His personal website sums up the golfing legend in a way that made the Latrobe, Pa native seem adequately larger-than-life.

“Arnold Palmer is many things to many people,” the site states. “World-famous golf immortal and sportsman, highly successful business executive, prominent advertising spokesman, skilled aviator, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch…”

Devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch: There is no truer way to describe Palmer, an absolute icon, who passed away Sunday, just two weeks after his 87th birthday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac reported that Palmer died at UPMC Shadyside, where he was to have heart surgery Monday. He was admitted to UPMC Presbyterian on Thursday.