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Are Larry Elder and Lee Elder related as golfer dies aged 87?

Amber Peake November 30, 2021
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It has been announced pro golfer Lee Elder has died aged 87. Elder is remembered by many as the first black golfer to play at the Masters. According to The Sun, his death was confirmed by a close friend on Facebook.

As the news is shared online so are curious to know more about the late golfer’s family life, including if Lee Elder was related to political commentator Larry Elder.

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Lee Elder dies aged 87

News of legendary golfer, Lee Elder’s death was announced yesterday, Monday 29 November.

Elder is remembered as a pioneer in the world of golfing as he was the first black golfer to play at the Masters, a tournament he would play six more times during his career. In 1979 he also became the first black player to qualify for the US Ryder Cup team.

As reported by The Sun, news of his death was first confirmed in a statement on Facebook by a close friend. The official Twitter account for PGA Tour went on to share the news across the golfing community as they announced his passing on the micro-blogging site:

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Are Lee Elder and Larry Elder related?

Following news of Lee Elder’s passing, some have linked him to talk radio host Larry Elder as they are curious to know if the two share a family connection.

While the two both share the same last name, it seems their connection ends there as the two are not related. Larry Elder previously addressed confusion between him and the now late golfer while responding to a user on Twitter in 2019:

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Late golfer’s family life explored

Lee Elder was married to wife Sharon, although it is not known if the couple had children as Lee Elder was seen to prefer to keep his family life away from the spotlight.

Before his marriage to Sharon, Elder was married once before to first wife, Rose Harper. The two tied the knot in 1966 but, after almost a decade, went their separate ways.

Following news of his death, fans have taken to social media as they send condolences to the late golfer’s family:

We send our condolences to Lee Elder’s family at this difficult time.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.