Mike Sexton, longtime TV commentator for the World Poker Tour and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, died on Sunday from prostate cancer. He was 72.
Sexton’s death was revealed by Linda Johnson, a fellow Poker Hall of Fame member, on social media. “Mike Sexton passed away peacefully at home earlier today surrounded by family members,” she wrote. “He appreciated all the wonderful comments and farewells from poker players all over the world. Service details are forthcoming. For now, please keep his family in your thoughts as they grieve.”
On Sept. 1, Johnson shared on Twitter, with Sexton’s permission, his diagnosis of prostate cancer. “He has only wanted to deliver positive messages so he kept his health problems private,” wrote Johnson. “Mike has been battling prostate cancer that has recently spread to other organs. He began in-home hospice a month ago.”
Born in Shelbyville, Indiana, in 1947, Sexton began playing poker professionally in the late ’70s and won numerous tournaments in the World Poker Tour. Card Player Magazine, in which Sexton was a contributor, recognized him as the top poker ambassador at its awards gala event in 2006. He was selected for the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009.
Matt Savage, executive tour director of the World Poker Tour, wrote on Twitter, “People deal with grief in different ways and admit I haven’t dealt with the illness and passing of Mike Sexton as well as I should have. There comes a time in everyone’s life when more people we love pass away but this one really hurts. I loved him like a brother.”
In the wake of Sexton’s death, Johnson continued to share memories of him, most recently a video of him dancing the cha cha at her 60th birthday party. “I am so thankful for the wonderful memories I have of traveling the world with Mike Sexton for the past 30+years,” wrote Johnson in one of her tweets. “There was no kinder more humble person. Mike leaves an amazing legacy for the poker world and for his family.”
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) September 7, 2020