The 22-month-old daughter of golf ace Camilo Villegas has tragically passed away.
PGA tour star Villegas revealed last month that his only child, Mia, was undergoing treatment after doctors found tumours on her brain and spine.
Villegas said that he had noticed in late February that Mia had been acting differently, and scans revealed the tragic news.
She underwent surgery in March and had been being treated at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami since.
However, having last month undergone her second round of chemotherapy, the PGA Tour have announced that the youngster has lost her battle with cancer.
“The PGA Tour is deeply saddened having lost a member of our family, Mia Villegas,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.
“We grieve with Camilo and Maria and our thoughts and prayers are with the Villegas family.”
Encouraged by his family, Villegas played in a Tour event last month – his only appearance in recent months.
Villegas has yet to comment on the tragic news. Last month he was unable to hold back tears as he discussed his little girl’s battle.
“It’s been tough. I’m probably going to get emotional but that’s fine.
“It’s inspiring, to see my little one fighting.
“I love golf, my wife wanted me to come here and just swing the club, get my mind away.
“My wife has been very strong, and you’ve got to follow your instincts, and honestly I don’t know if my instincts are to come play this week.
“I don’t really know where my mind is. I know where my heart is. But you also have to listen to the people that love you.
“My wife said, ‘just go out there and enjoy. Golf is what you’ve done for years, golf has given you so many great things.'”
Villegas, a four-time PGA Tour winner, also admitted his admiration for Mia, having asked doctors about the strength of what he termed ‘baby chemotherapy’.
“He said that if he had given me the treatment, I wouldn’t have survived.”