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Ballesteros' website asks for privacy in painful time

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Seve Ballesteros' website confirmed Saturday morning that the five-time major champion died at his home in northern Spanish town of Pedreña.

This statement was released:

'Today, at 2.10 a.m. Spanish time, Seve Ballesteros passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Pedreña. The Ballesteros family is very grateful for all the support and gestures of love that have been received since Seve was diagnosed with a brain tumour on 5th October 2008 at Madrid Hospital la Paz. At this time the family asks for respect and privacy at such a painful time. Thank you very much.'