Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies

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UNDATED (AP) Arnold Palmer was one of the most popular figures ever in golf, generating a fervid fan base while winning seven major championships among his 62 PGA titles. Palmer has died in Pittsburgh at age 87.

Arnold Palmer file photograph.

Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnson confirmed that the golf legend died Sunday of complications from heart problems. Johnson added that Palmer was admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.

Palmer's good looks, mischievous demeanor and risky playing style made him a fan favorite while he helped to grow the sport on television. He came off as an "everyman," as he hitched up his pants, flicked away a cigarette and attack the flags.

Palmer's playing career included memorable moments at the U.S. Open, where he rallied from seven shots down to win and once blew a seven-stroke lead on the back nine to lose.

Tiger Woods said two years ago that golf wouldn't be as popular as it is now. "Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel and a lot of laughs," Woods tweeted Sunday night.

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