Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow has passed away from a heart attack according to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).
Bristow has been called a “tremendous player and a huge character” who was “honest and straightforward.”
In the 1980s, his skill and personality helped turn darts into a worldwide spectator sport. Bristow won the World Championship in 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, and 1986.
Bristow was nicknamed “The Crafty Cockney” for his style of play and gamesmanship.
In 2012, Bristow participated in the reality TV show, “I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!” where celebrities are stranded in a jungle for a number of weeks. He finished 4th out of 12 celebrities.
PDC chairman Barry Hearn said he would “always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport. He was a tremendous player and a huge character, and even after his retirement, fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.”
Two-time darts world champion Dennis Priestley posted to Twitter: “Absolutely devastated to be told earlier that my good friend Eric Bristow has passed away. We shared some great times together and I’m so saddened that we won’t get to share anymore.”
Bristow was inducted into the PDC hall of fame in 2005.
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