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Golf superstar Seve Ballesteros loses battle with cancer, aged 54

Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteroshas died at the age of 54
Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteroshas died at the age of 54
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain uses the shoulders of Seve Ballesteros also of Spain to get a better view during the 29th Ryder Cup Matches on 28th September 1991 at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, USA. The USA team defeated Europe with a score of 14.5pts - 13.5pts. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.Jul 1988: Seve Ballesteros in full cry during the British Open at Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Course in England. Ballesteros went on to win the Open title. \ Mandatory Credit: Dave Cannon /Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.1984: Seve Ballesteros of Spain holds the Claret Jug aloft after winning the British Open at St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.19 OCT 1993: SEVE BALLESTEROS OF SPAIN PLAYS A TEE SHOT DURING A SLAZENGER DAY AT WISLEY GOLF CLUB IN SURREY ENGLAND. BALLESTEROS IS SEEN IN SILHOUETTE IN FRONT OF A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET WHILST COMPLETING HIS ROUND.
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 28 Sep 1997: European team captain Seve Ballesteros proudly holds the trophy after victory over the USA in the Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande in Spain. \ Mandatory Credit: Stephen Munday /Allsport
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 07: Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain wears a black ribbon on the first tee, following news of the death of Seve Ballesteros, during the third round of the Open de Espana at the Real Club de Golf El Prat on May 7 , 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 Seve Ballesteros of Spain acknowledges the crowd after holing his putt on the 18th green to win the British Open at the Royal Lytham Golf Club in Lancashire, England, July 21, 1979. \ Mandatory Credit: Steve Powell/Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros in his home town of Pedrena, Spain, with the Ryder Cup, June 1997. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 15 Sep 1985: (L to R) Manuel Pinero, Seve Ballesteros, Jose-Maria Canizares and Jose Rivero of the European team hold the trophy after victory over the USA in the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, England. \ Mandatory Credit: David Cannon /Allsport
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 KILLENARD, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Nick Faldo, Captain of The Great Britain and Ireland Team with Seve Ballesteros, Captain of The European Team during the third day morning greensomes at the Seve Trophy 2007 held at The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort on September 29, 2007 in Killenard, Ireland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Spanish Golf Legend Seve Ballesteros Dies At 54.Charismatic former World No. 1, five time Major winner, five time Ryder Cup winner, both as a player and as captainand winner of the European Tour's Order of Merit on six occasions.http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113809426 KILLENARD, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Seve Ballesteros, Captain of The European Team, plays a bunker shot during the Pro-Am for the Seve Trophy 2007 held at The Heritage Golf and Country Club on September 26, 2007 in Killenard, Ireland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Spanish golfer Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros at the Royal Dublin Golf Club, during the Irish Open, 20th July 1986. The golfing great died May 6, 2011 after a two-year battle following being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, according to published reports. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) The family of golfing legend Seve Ballesteros have announced on May 6, 2011 that his health is worsening, following his battle with a brain tumour in 2008.28 Sep 1997: European team captain Seve Ballesteros proudly holds the trophy after victory over the USA in the Johnnie Walker Ryder Cup at the Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande in Spain. \ Mandatory Credit: Rusty Jarrett /Allsport
Seve Ballesteros with the claret jug after winning the 1984 Open
Seve Ballesteros, Captain of The European Team reacts to a putt during the Pro-Am for the Seve Trophy 2007 held at The Heritage Golf and Country Club on September 26, 2007 in Killenard, Ireland.
Seve Ballesteros, left, gets the Masters green jacket from last year's winner, Fuzzy Zoeller, after winning the 1980 Masters in Augusta, Ga., in this April 13, 1980.
Seve Ballesteros: Golf/ At Moyola Park Golf Club. 4/8/1980 All eyes on Seve - and the ball - when he paraded his vast array of skills at Castledawson.
Seve Ballesteros: Golf/ At Moyola Park Golf Club. 4/8/1980 Young autograph hunters surround the Spanish star.
26 Sep 1987: Seve Ballesteros of the European team celebrates with captain Tony Jacklin during the Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village GC in Dublin, Ohio, USA.
Seve Ballesteros tips his visor to the gallery as they sing happy birthday to him on the 9th hole of the Par-3 Tournament, prior to The Masters, at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., in this April 9, 2003
Golf legend Seve Ballesteros waves as he appears in public for the first time after surgery on a cancerous brain tumor next to Racing de Santander's president Miguel Angel Revilla, right, before a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Racing de Santander and Almeria at the Sardinero stadium in Santander, Spain, on Sunday , May 3, 2009.

Golf legend Seve Ballesteros has died from cancer at the age of 54, his family have confirmed via his official website.

The Spaniard, who won five majors and was instrumental in growing golf's popularity, passed away at 0110 BST this morning due to respiratory failure.

Ballesteros had fought a long battle with a neurological condition since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008.

The family's statement at www.seveballesteros.com read: “At 02:10 hours [Spanish time], Seve Ballesteros – accompanied by his family at his home in Pedrena – died due to respiratory failure.

“The family appreciates all the expressions of support and affection they have received since Seve was admitted on October 5, 2008 at the Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid.”

Ballesteros, who retired in 2007, collapsed in October 2008 and two days later came confirmation that he had a brain tumour.

He underwent an initial 12-hour operation, but needed further surgery before returning home to begin chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

After a second course of chemotherapy in 2009 he said on his website: “The results of the check-up were really positive, better even than the first ones.”

Two more courses followed and four months later he made his first public appearance, saying it was “a miracle” to be alive.

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Ballesteros, who joined the professional ranks at the tender age of 16 in 1974, won the Open three times, the Masters twice and played an inspirational role in the Ryder Cup, helping Europe to lift the trophy four times before captaining them to another victory at Valderrama in 1997.

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady said: “This is such a very sad day for all who love golf.

“Seve's unique legacy must be the inspiration he has given to so many to watch, support, and play golf, and finally to fight a cruel illness with equal flair, passion, and fierce determination.

“We have all been so blessed to live in his era. He was the inspiration behind The European Tour.”

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