Golf, Central Florida community remembers Arnold Palmer
Many take to social media to honor golf legend
ORLANDO, Fla. – Arnold Palmer, known as "The King" for his transformative legacy in golf, has died at the age of 87.
Palmer died Sunday evening at a Pittsburgh hospital while awaiting cardiac surgery, according to a statement from his company.
Palmer was not only a golf legend, but a pillar in the Central Florida community. He opened the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Woman and Babies in Central Florida.
He also co-founded the Golf Channel, which employs thousands of Central Floridians.
Famous golfers and Central Floridians alike took to social media to honor Palmer's legacy.
Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold. pic.twitter.com/UlyfpIBOL2— President Obama (@POTUS44) September 26, 2016
I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016
It's an honor to be a lockermate with you at ANGC. You inspired millions, changed the game, and will forever be missed. #arnie— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) September 26, 2016
Remembering the special times I spent with Mr Palmer at Bay Hill. A true pioneer for our sport. Forever remembered. pic.twitter.com/qJQBpDWTWv— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 26, 2016
RIP Arnold Palmer. One of the greatest golfers of all time, but also a generous man who gave so much to charitable causes in Orlando.— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) September 26, 2016
Arnie was what every great athlete should be. A great golfer, and a gentleman who treated everyone with dignity. That's why he was so loved.— VP Biden (Archived) (@VP44) September 26, 2016
We are saddened beyond words on the sudden passing of Arnold Palmer this evening. Thank you so much for all of the support and kind words. pic.twitter.com/75piTLepXL— Bay Hill (@APBayHill) September 26, 2016
A champion, legend & a beloved member of the Central Florida community. The King will be dearly missed.— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) September 26, 2016
Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/uonCBW42br
Our News 6 team also paid tribute to Mr. Arnold Palmer:
So sorry to hear that Mr. Arnold Palmer has passed away at the age of 87. He will be missed by so many.— David pingalore (@DavidPingalore) September 26, 2016
Mr. Palmer & me circa '91. Great golfer, better person. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/xphKlPOWdk— Justin Warmoth (@JustinWarmoth) September 26, 2016
There are people on this planet that you wish would live forever. Arnold Palmer was one of those people ❤️ #TheKing— Jamie Seh (@jamieseh) September 26, 2016
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