Golf champion Camilo Villegas' 22-month-old daughter dies

The golfer and his wife tragically lost their 22-month-old Mia
The golfer and his wife tragically lost their 22-month-old Mia Photo: Instagram

Professional golfer Camilo Villegas' daughter has tragically passed away at just 22-months-old.

The four-time PGA Tour winner revealed last month that he and his wife, Maria Ochoam, took her for scans when she wasn't well and discovered she had cancerous tumours in her brain and spine.

The 22-month-old, Mia, underwent surgery after the tumours were found in March, but they were told she'd need further treatment.

In an emotional press conference in June, the 38-year-old said they learned just how aggressive the growth was after the surgery.

"We were told we needed to start treatment right away, so they kept us there," he said. "Physically, though, she wasn't ready to get the kind of chemo doctors were hoping for."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Someone stole my J’s 👟 @jumpman23

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He added: "It's inspiring, to see my little one fighting."

Mia had started alternative rounds of chemotherapy but died in hospital on Sunday, local time.

While the family are yet to comment, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan revealed the sad news in a statement on Monday. 

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"The PGA TOUR is deeply saddened having lost a member of our family, Mia Villegas," the statement said.

"We grieve with Camilo and Maria and our thoughts and prayers are with the Villegas family."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Villegas and his wife first noticed something wrong with Mia in February this year, while they were at the gym together.  

Ochoam posted on Instagram after Mia's diagnoses, thanking everyone for their support.

"Mia, being your mum has been the greatest gift in my life! I thank God every day for this experience that we are going through together," she wrote. 

"Yes, it has been the most difficult challenge I have ever experienced but it has also been the most beautiful, I am thankful for the lessons. You are the strongest warrior and I am so proud of you, of us"

"I know you all have been thinking of us and I am so grateful!" she continued "I only ask you all for one thing and that is POSITIVE HEALING THOUGHTS, when you think of Mia or us, just close your eyes and see her, see us, being happy and healthy".

Villegas has not played since finishing 33rd at the Korn Ferry Tour event in June.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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