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Snooker World Mourns As Willie Thorne Passes Away

Snooker World Mourns As Willie Thorne Passes Away

For sports fans of a certain age, Willie Thorne was more than a household name, he was part of your life. A constant presence of BBC snooker coverage long after his playing days wound down, Thorne was also one of the foremost characters in the golden age of snooker. He was a star of trick shot specials, a regular guest on Pot Black and Big Break, and one of the central characters in Chaz and Dave's legendary song Snooker Loopy.

Sadly, the news has emerged this morning that Willie Thorne has passed away at the age of 66. In March, Thorne tweeted that he'd been diagnosed with Leukemia. Last night, surrounded by family in a hospital in Spain, Thorne went into septic shock and died.

Famously, Thorne and fellow Leicester man Gary Lineker were longtime close friends and the Match of the Day presenter was among the first to express his sorrow on social media.

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Snooker players and  fans of all ages are also waking up to the sad news.

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Michael McCarthy

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