Willie Thorne: Snooker favorite dies aged 66

Willie Thorne commenced his experienced snooker career in 1975, achieving a occupation-substantial earth ranking of 7 in 1987 and 1994

Former snooker star and BBC commentator Willie Thorne has died at the age of 66, suggests Globe Snooker.

He retired from specialist snooker in 2001 and for a lot of a long time was a revered BBC commentator.

Thorne achieved two Earth Championship quarter-finals through his vocation and received the 1985 Mercantile Credit history Classic.

He 2 times reached a globe position of seven and expended 20 many years amongst the best 32, before transferring into a commentary occupation spanning more than 30 a long time with BBC, ITV and Sky.

A GoFundMe website page set up to help pay out for his procedure experienced passed £17,000 by Tuesday afternoon, when it was disclosed he had been positioned into an induced coma.

His carer, Julie O’Neill, wrote on the site on Wednesday: “It is with a extremely large and damaged heart that I have to officially announce that at 1.55am this morning Willie Thorne missing his battle and passed away.

“Willie went into septic shock and was not responding to any procedure so the final decision was built by the healthcare facility to turn off the devices.

“I was with him all the way to his conclude and looking through out messages to him from people. He handed away quite peacefully and with out ache listening to his young children indicating they adore him. That provides me some comfort and ease in this hard time.”

Acknowledged as Mr Most, Thorne was the third participant to attain the landmark of 100 generations and built a 147 in the 1987 United kingdom Championship.

‘A marvellous snooker player and a beautiful man’

Leicester-born Thorne was a extensive-term close friend of ex-Foxes striker Gary Lineker and the former England international tweeted on Wednesday soon after identifying the information.

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