UPDATE: Seve Ballesteros died from complications of a cancerous brain tumor early Saturday morning. He was 54.
The Ballesteros family informs that Seve's neurological condition has suffered a severe deterioration. The family will inform accordingly about any change in his health condition and takes this opportunity of thanking everyone for the support that both Seve and his own family have been receiving during all this time.
Ironically, the news came during the Spanish Open in Barcelona, a tournament that Ballesteros won in both 1981 and 1985.
Surely, fans across the globe will be heart-broken if and when something happens to Ballesteros, but what about his kids?
As someone who has lost a parent -- and had to watch her deteriorate before my very eyes -- I can attest that this is a painful situation, to say the least. I can't image what it would be like to monitor a parent's health, while simultaneously keeping the world informed. It's hard to even be around people you know during such a time, nevertheless people you don't.
On the other hand, though, it's nice to know how loved your parent is, to know how many people were rooting and praying for him or her. Although it could never take the pain away altogether, it's a nice respite from it, no matter how brief it is. Tennis star Rafael Nadal paid tribute to Seve on Friday.
Seve is a great benchmark for all the Spanish athletes who have been fortunate to meet him and play golf with him. I wish him well. Life is cruel sometimes, he's had a struggle in recent years but he's still been able to do things. His foundation is an example for society and all athletes
I hope all three of Seve's children -- the oldest only being 21 -- can have the appropriate time to grieve on their own, but I also hope they can find some sort of comfort in the outpour of love from people and athletes alike.
How do you feel about Seve Ballesteros and his children?
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