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Life in Photos: Golfing Legend Arnold Palmer Dies at 87
Arnold Palmer, known throughout the golf world as "The King," died at 87 on Sept. 25, 2016.
American golfing champion Arnold Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh at 87.
Palmer slips into his green jacket with help from Jack Nicklaus after winning the Masters golf championship, in Augusta, Georgia on April 12, 1964. Palmer pursued a rivalry with Jack Nicklaus -- whose own nickname, "the Golden Bear," illustrated the differences in their styles and personalities -- that thrilled fans for three decades.
Nicklaus and Palmer at the National Four Ball Championships in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on July 25, 1970.
In a note posted to Twitter on the day he died, Nicklaus called Palmer one of his best friends, saying they last spoke on Palmer's birthday, Sept. 10. Palmer sounded great, Nicklaus said. "I know he was in Pittsburgh trying to find out how to make himself better," Nicklaus wrote. "That's what Arnold has always tried to do. He has always been a fighter and he never gave up on anything."
Nicklaus added, "Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself."