Former WSOP Champ Amir Vahedi Passes AwayPublished January 13, 2010 by OCR Editor
Vahedi is reported to have passed away from diabetes-linked complications.
The poker community is in mourning this week following the death of World Series of Poker bracelet winner Amir Vahedi, who passed away on Friday at the age of 46.
The Iranian-born poker professional is reported to have died from diabetes-linked complications.
His death drew reactions from the biggest names in the poker world, including poker pro Phil Hellmuth, who called him "one of the nicest, gentlest guys on tour."
The news was made public by fellow poker pro Mark Seif, who was a close friend of Vahedi.
"Amir was a gentle and kind man who always made me laugh. I will miss him terribly," Seif said when announcing his death.
Vahedi fled Iran after serving in its eight-year-long war with Iraq in the 1980s, eventually moving to California where he began his career as a poker pro.
He was named no-limit Texas hold'em player of the year in 2001, but his best performances came in 2003, when he won his first WSOP bracelet and finished sixth on the final table at the WSOP Main Event, collecting $250,000 prize money for his effort. He later finished second behind Men Nguyen for Card Player Magazine's player of the year.
Vahedi also made a name for himself as a celebrity. He won the third season of the Ultimate Poker Challenge and taught the trade to many others, including Hollywood actor Ben Affleck.
Amir Vahedi won over $3,250,000 dollars in live tournament play over his career.