Snooker legend Willie Thorne has sadly died at the age of 66, it has been confirmed today.
On Wednesday, the sporting legend’s death was confirmed as tributes flooded in for the star of snooker.
Thorne, aged 66, has passed away after suffering from respiratory failure.
He was placed in a coma before his death, according to reports.
The snooker legend’s death has sparked a GoFundMe fundraising page, with heartbroken tributes written by mourning friends and family.
Thorne has been battling leukaemia since March but has had several health problems since, and was taken straight to intensive care after his latest admission to hospital last week.
Thorne enjoyed a fairly successful professional playing career, reaching the UK championship final in 1985, and the quarter finals of the world championships on two occasions.
He reached a career-high of no.7 in the world rankings prior to his retirement, before going into commentary, working for the BBC for almost three decades.
Just last week Thorne responded to a tribute from Ronnie O’Sullivan, who sported a moustache in a nod to him during the Championship League.
The 66-year-old has been battling against leukaemia since March, and his condition worsened over the weekend as he now fights against three infections.
Thorne was admitted to hospital last week following a drop in his blood pressure to dangerously low levels, reports The Sun.