Camilo Villegas’ 22-month-old daughter dies

Golf star Camilo Villegas’ 22-month-old daughter has tragically died.

Villegas, 38, broke down in tears when discussing Mia’s tumours on her brain and spine last month.

Villegas’ only child passed away on Monday (AEDT) in Miami after surgery and chemotherapy, The Sun reports.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement: “The PGA Tour is deeply saddened having lost a member of our family, Mia Villegas.

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

Villegas has yet to comment on the tragic news but could not hold back tears when he spoke about his little girl’s battle last month.

Speaking at TPC Sawgrass about how hard life had been since the news of Mia’s illness, Villegas said: “It’s been tough.

“I’m probably going to get emotional but that’s fine.

“It’s inspiring, to see my little one fighting.

“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 and wife Maria first noticed something was wrong in February when Mia kept crying more than normal.

The Colombian golfer, who reached a high of No. 7 in the world rankings in September 2008, said: “She always went to the gym with me; it was one of our bonding spots.

“She was always like a little monkey, climbing on everything. But then one day, I noticed she had not been climbing on anything.

“She had also been crying a little more than normal at night.

“She had been teething, so we took her to the paediatrician, thinking it was that.”

On March 14 they took Mia to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami for scans. It was then doctors confirmed tumours were growing on her brain and spine.

Mia underwent surgery but doctors told Villegas and his wife there would be more treatment required.

Villegas added: “After the surgery, when it was time to remove the stitches, they learned the growth had become pretty aggressive.

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

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

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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