(WJBF) – Golf legend Arnold Palmer died Sunday at the age of 87. On Monday morning, his daughter, Amy Palmer Saunders, released a statement addressing the love and support their family has received since her father’s passing.
My family and I are deeply moved by the outpouring of support and love that we have received from the countless friends and admirers of my father. These first hours have been challenging but we are comforted knowing that he was loved by so many and so deeply. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude we have for the many people who have offered to help us in this time of sadness. My father would be so pleased to know that he is being thought of and recognized this way.
Over the next couple days, we will be finalizing arrangements for his services and until then, we all appreciate the kindness everyone has shown us. On behalf of my father and family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
–Amy Palmer Saunders
Marci Doyle Baker, COO of the Arnold Palmer Invitational also released a statement on the golf legend’s passing.
It is with great sadness that we confirm Arnold Palmer, 87, passed away Sunday evening. He was in a Pittsburgh hospital awaiting cardiac surgery when his condition degraded.
The sports world will remember Mr. Palmer as one of America’s great golfers. His fans, friends and family will remember him as a great leader, philanthropist, entrepreneur, mentor, and loving father, grandfather and husband. His impact on our lives is immeasurable and will continue to be felt through his legacy.
We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support from our volunteers, partners, friends and fans. The messages of love and concern mean a great deal to the Palmer family and all of us who worked with him every day.
The 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard will be an exceptionally memorable event where we will continue to honor Mr. Palmer’s legacy.
–Marci Doyle Baker