Spanish golf legend Severiano Ballesteros, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor three years ago, died early Saturday at his home in northern Spain.
Ballesteros was regarded as one of golf's all-time greats. He was 54.
"Today [Saturday], at 2:10am Spanish time, Seve Ballesteros passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Pedrena," a statement on his official website said.
"The Ballesteros family is very grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received since Seve was diagnosed with a brain tumor on 5th October 2008 at Madrid Hospital la Paz.
"At this time the family asks for respect and privacy at such a painful time."
A statement on the website Friday said Ballesteros had suffered a "severe deterioration" in his condition.
Ballesteros — who won five majors, including the Masters twice, during his 30-year professional career — underwent surgery for a brain tumor, followed by a course of chemotherapy, three years ago.
He had four operations to remove the tumor following a collapse at a Madrid airport in October 2008.
He underwent an initial 12-hour operation, but further surgery was necessary before he was well enough to return home and begin chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros was born in Pedrena on April 9, 1957. He turned pro at age 16 in 1974 and finished second at the British Open at age 19 in 1976.
He would go on to win the British Open three times in his career (1979, '84, '88) and don the green jacket twice (1980 and '83) at Augusta National.
The former world No. 1 holds the record for European Tour victories with 50.
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