Tom Sexton lost his battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier today. Tom was Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton's older brother and a former PokerNews.com columnist. Everyone that knew Tom, or followed his writing, feels the sorrow of his passing.
Tom suffered a massive stroke back in June which was the result of previously undiagnosed Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
MikeSexton_WPT Mike Sexton
My brother & best friend, Tom Sexton, passed away early on Oct 1st. He died of pancreatic cancer. He'll be missed by all. #restinpeaceTom 2013-10-01
Many of you may have read Sexton’s Corner column, which ran from July 2007 to September 2008 during John Caldwell's term as PokerNews Editor-in-Chief and is now a PokerStars executive.
“Tom has an energy and enthusiasm when he's telling a story that is so genuine and pure,” Caldwell previously explained. “The amazement and joy he expresses are very real emotions. That kind of energy and enthusiasm is super contagious. I really enjoyed hearing Tom's stories on the floor of the WSOP. And, let's face it — when it's 2 a.m. and you're watching guys chop stud-8 pots over and over — it really helps to have a guy who is a great storyteller!”
Tom also wrote a very fascinating series on Archie Karas: Sexton's Corner, Vol. 31: Archie Karas, 'The World's Biggest Gambler,' Part 1.
Sexton was also the official photographer for the World Series of Poker when it ran at Binion’s Horseshoe, collaborated on poker projects with his brother which included the original Tournament of Champions, and owned Poker Masterpieces, where he created artistic and unique collages for some of poker’s biggest names.
Tom and Mike were both accomplished gymnasts. Tom attended the University of Oklahoma on a full gymnastic scholarship, where he was captain of the team for four straight years, becoming the first NCAA All-American and Big Eight Champion in OU's gymnastics history in 1968. Tom was also known for his skills as a dancer.
“One of my favorite things about Tom, we would go dancing every night,” recalled long-time friend Linda Johnson. “Mike is a great dancer, but Tom is even more amazing. Tom was on [a TV dance show]. He taught dancing. Their father, Ray Sexton, owned dance studios, and I have recordings of them when they’re young kids doing dance exhibitions. He always made me look like a good dancer. Tom always said, ‘The man is the frame and the woman is the picture.’”
Johnson, along with other poker personalities expressed their condolences on Twitter:
FirstLadyPoker Linda Johnson
Condolences to @MikeSexton_WPT and family on his brother Tom's passing. Tom made the world a better place. I was fortunate to know him. 2013-10-01
GarryGates Garry Gates
Had the pleasure of working closely with Tom Sexton at the WSOP. His stories were one-of-a-kind and his kind soul unmatched. Rest well, Tom! 2013-10-01
Very sad to hear of the loss of Tom Sexton brother of @MikeSexton_WPT. Tom played a key role in creation of @partypoker #rip 2013-10-01
Tom Sexton is survived by his wife, Ann; and three children, Kent, Kim, and Marilyn; four grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.
Image courtesy of youcaring.com.