FLORIDA – Former world number one golfer, Tiger Woods is found dead in his Jupiter Island apartment in Florida.
A preliminary report shows that the golfer died due to a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkiller oxycodone.
The manager of Woods, Steinberg confirmed his death in a Facebook post, saying ” We have lost a dearest one, an irreplaceable vacuum.. Tiger Woods is gone but his unsurpassable memories will continue to remain fresh in all commemorable activities of the National Collegiate Club Golf Association.”
Local media report Woods was found dead in his home at 3:10 p.m. local time today.
The Martin County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy, but county spokeswoman Carol Allis said authorities probably won’t release results for at least two weeks.
Police say in cases where there’s no obvious sign of physical trauma, authorities need time to get results of laboratory tests but statement his family issued through the National Collegiate Club Golf Association indicated, one of the World’s prolific golfer, Woods had been struggling with pain and addiction for sometime before his demise.
Experts say mixing alcohol and medicines can cause dangerous reactions. Drinking alcohol while taking strong painkillers like oxycodone can result in breathing problems and increase the risk of an overdose, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
“The news that we have lost someone so vital and useful leaves everyone in the National Collegiate Club Golf Association stunned and saddened,” NCCGA commissioner Brandon Harrold has said in a statement: “The NCCGA family sends its deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Tiger Woods, to those who played and worked with him and to everyone who enjoyed watching him compete.”
Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was an American professional golfer who was among the most successful golfers of all time.
He was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.
Following an outstanding junior, college, and amateur career, Woods turned professional at the age of 20, at the end of the summer in 1996.
By April 1997, he had already won his first major, the 1997 Masters.
Woods won a tournament in a record-breaking performance, winning by 12 strokes while pocketing $486,000.
He first reached the number one position in the world rankings in June 1997, after less than a year as a professional.
Throughout the 2000s, Woods was the dominant force in golf; from August 1999 to September 2004 (264 weeks) and from June 2005 to October 2010 (281 weeks), Woods was the top-ranked men’s golfer in the world.
Wood is survived by his two children, Sam Alexis Woods, Charlie Axel Woods and mother, Kultida Woods.