Arnold Palmer Enterprises has confirmed that Palmer died in Pittsburgh from complications of heart problems.
Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins.
His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.
He is the winner of over 90 golf tournaments and is the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
He is credited with bringing golf into the mainstream and making it popular with people outside of country clubs.
Palmer’s fans were known as Arnie’s Army and followed him on the weekly PGA Tour events.
He was golf's first brand-name superstar.