Legendary darts player Eric Bristow dies suddenly aged 60

Eric Bristow has died aged 60 of a heart attack

GETTY Eric Bristow has died aged 60 of a heart attack

Fellow darts player, Simon Whitlock, posted: "Shocked and saddened to hear the news about a true legend of the sport I love.RIP Eric Bristow".

Wolfie said: "It is so very, very sad to hear that my good friend and colleague has passed away".

Often compared to the "yips" that can strike golfers, dartitis is a psychological affliction that affects players' ability to release their dart from their throwing hand. "He was the governor".

He won the world championship five times between 1980 and 1986, also taking five World Masters titles and being awarded an MBE for his services to the sport in 1989. His first title, a 5-3 defeat of Bobby George, marked the start of his dynasty.

Bristow was part of the group which formed the breakaway World Darts Council in 1993, which eventually went on to become the phenomenon which is the lucrative PDC circuit of today. Celebrity followed too, going into the jungle in 2012 when he finished fourth.

He had worked for Sky Sports after retiring from darts, but was sacked after his comments on sexual abuse scandal that has rocked football. He later apologised for his remarks. Among them was PDC chairman Hearn, who acknowledged Bristow's "huge character".

He told BBC Sport: "It's just unbelievable".

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"I do remember him in there along with Keith Deller (who I think lived in the area at the time)".

"You had players in tears on the Premier League stage tonight and the crowd chanting his name endlessly because of the influence he had on darts".

"If you look at the stars we have had in Britain, Eric Bristow would be at the top. RIP Eric x." Meanwhile boxer David Haye, who beat Eric into third place, remembered Eric's amusing side.

'Eric was never afraid of controversy, but he spoke as he found and was honest and straightforward which is what people admired about him.

The unexpected death of Bristow cast an immediate shadow over events in Liverpool.

As a professional darts player, he competed in 23 world championships and manage to scoop more than 70 professional titles.

The 57-year-old, mentored by Taylor, said: "Words can not express how sad and shocked I am to hear the awful news about Eric's passing a huge influence on my career and a larger than life character the world has lost a legend".

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