“Willie is input in a state of septic shock and not respond to any treatment. The hospital has therefore decided to shut down the machines. I was with him until his end and I read all the messages people. He died very peacefully and without pain in listening to his children tell him that they love him. This gives me comfort in this difficult time. “
Thorne, known in the sport under the name of M. Max, was considered among the best players in the world in this sport during its boom period in the 1980s, reaching a world ranking of seventh. Yet, its the most noticeable on the carpet may have been his infamous defeat to Steve Davis, then dominant, in the final of the british championship 1985.
Thorne, leading 13-8 and need only two additional frames to clinch his first major title, missed a simple blue to its place, which has allowed Davis to not only take part, but to begin a response that has earned him to win the title. He became famous for his punditry on the spot, starting to comment on the snooker for the BBC in the 1980s, continuing to play the role until 2018.
He has also struggled with a serious gambling problem, explaining to the Guardian in 2004 how he would often bets of £ 20,000 on a horse – and how he had a bet 38 000 £ on a match involving John Parrott. His close friend, Gary Lineker has paid tribute to Thorne, saying: “Deeply, deeply saddened to learn that my friend Willie Thorne died. One of the great characters of life. A wonderful player of snooker and a lovely man, who has put his last black far too early in the pot. RIP Willie. “
World Snooker added: “We are deeply saddened to learn that the Great WT himself, Willie Thorne, died at the age of 66 years. It is a great loss for our sport. Our hearts go out to his family at this sad time. RIP Willie. “