Iconic World Poker Tour commentator, WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton is reportedly gravely ill and in home hospice with prostate cancer.
Sexton’s good friend and fellow Hall of Famer Linda Johnson revealed Sexton’s condition at his request via a Twitter message on Tuesday (US time) amid rumors that the 72-year was not well.
“Mike Sexton is [one of] poker’s greatest ambassadors,” Johnson tweeted.
“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.”
Sexton is widely considered to be the voice of televised poker, having spent 15 years commentating for the WPT from its inception in 2002 until his retirement in 2017.
He is also a highly-accomplished poker player, with career tournament earnings of almost US$7 million including a WSOP bracelet in 1989 and a WPT title in 2016.
He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.