LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Poker player Amir Vahedi, winner of a World Series of Poker bracelet, died in Las Vegas of complications from diabetes, fellow poker player Mark Seif says.
Seif said in an online blog that two friends of Vahedi confirmed the professional poker player died Friday, ending a career that included a WSOP bracelet win in 2006, PokerNews.com reported Sunday.
"Have spoken to two more of Amir's close friends who have been in contact with Amir's family. Sadly, they each confirmed the terrible news. Amir was a gentle and kind man who always made me laugh. I will miss him terribly," Seif said of the 46-year-old poker player.
The New York Daily News said Vahedi, a native of Iran, gained notoriety as the individual responsible for teaching Hollywood actor Ben Affleck how to play poker.
In addition to his 2006 WSOP win, Vahedi was named Texas Hold'em Player of the Year in 2003.
When asked about his poker style, Vahedi explained his aggressive approach to playing cards.
"If you want to live, you can't be afraid to die," said Vahedi, who leaves no reported survivors.