In Doyle Brunson's latest blog, Live as if you were going to die tomorrow, learn as if you were going to live forever, he shares some really sad news with his fans and the rest of the poker world - his sister took her own life last month.
He describes his only sister, Lavada Hale, as a very strong person all her life, but when she recently lost her eyesight due to glaucoma and related eye diseases, she became very depressed and decided to end her life as she couldn't stand the thought of living the rest of her life in darkness.
"It is hard to get back in the swing of thing after the death of my only sister, Lavada Hale. Lavada was 79 years old and had lost her eyesight due to glaucoma and related eye diseases. She couldn't stand the thought of living out her years in a world of darkness so she took her own life. She was such a strong person all her life and I never dreamed she was so depressed she could commit suicide. It was a tough time for our family but we are a tough family and I was proud of everybody the way they handled this tragedy. Thanks to everyone for their calls, tweets and prayers. RIP Lavada," writes Doyle Brunson in his blog.