Mike Sexton, American professional poker player died at 72. Mike Sexton, the member of Poker Hall of Fame, was a Gymnast and joined the US Army as a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in 1970.
Sexton was the winner of one WPT tournament, the 2016 WPT Montreal.
He has been battling prostate cancer which has spread into other organs. He was in hospice care for about a month. Though he was under serious treatment, no official confirmation was given about his conditions. Only a few days back, Linda Johnson, Mike’s long-time friend and fellow member of Poker Hall of Fame, confirmed his treatment condition through a Twitter post. She wrote on Twitter explaining Mike’s condition, “Mike Sexton is poker’s greatest ambassador. He authorized this tweet. He has only wanted to deliver positive messages so he kept his health problems private. Mike has been battling prostate cancer that has recently spread to other organs. He began in-home hospice a month ago.”
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Many famous poker players and others wrote mourning his death.
Canadian poker player wrote on Twitter “RIP Mike Sexton- those early seasons of the WPT all over Canadian TV during the hockey lockout were what made me want to pursue poker.”
Jason Koon, American professional poker player from Weston, West Virginia wrote “Rest in peace, Mike Sexton. Without your influence and inspiration, many of us would have never made the plunge to playing poker for a living, We’ll see you on the other side, brother”.
Linda Johnson wrote after the death Mike, “Mike Sexton passed away peacefully at home earlier today surrounded by family members. He appreciated all the wonderful comments and farewells from poker players all over the world. Service details are forthcoming. For now, please keep his family in your thoughts as they grieve.”
The poker world is under shock for the loss of a great player.