Former darts world champion Andy Fordham has died on the age of 59.
Fordham, identified affectionately as “The Viking”, received the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship and the 1999 Winmau World Masters.
The British Darts Organisation (BDO) mentioned in a press release: “(We) are deeply saddened to listen to of the lack of the darts legend Andy (The Viking) Fordham, a real gentleman of the sport who will deeply missed by all.
“Our hearts and ideas are along with his household right now.”
Bristol-born Fordham, one of the in style figures within the sport, has handed away after struggling well being issues in current months.
He required a life-saving bowel operation in 2020 and was recognized with coronavirus firstly of this 12 months.
Fordham made headlines in 2004 with an exhilarating 6-3 win over Mervyn King within the BDO World Championship remaining at Lakeside.
After a well being scare in 2007 the place medical doctors instructed him his liver was 75% useless, Fordham enrolled on actuality TV present Celeb Match Membership.
He joined the Skilled Darts Company in 2009.
Unhappy to listen to the passing of a legend Andy Fordham our ideas are along with his household
— Adrian Lewis (@jackpot180) July 15, 2021
Fordham would later return to the BDO and certified for the Grand Slam of Darts in 2015 the place he claimed a primary televised win in 10 years over Wayne Jones.
Former darts participant and ex-BBC pundit Bobby George wrote on Twitter this night: “Simply heard the devastating information that Andy Fordham has handed away.
“He was a mild large and liked by all. Our condolences exit to his spouse Jenny, household and pals. RIP Andy Fordham, The Viking.”
Former world darts champion Adrian Lewis wrote: “Unhappy to listen to the passing of a legend Andy Fordham.
“Our ideas are along with his household.”