Willie Thorne died: the legend of snooker, dies at the age of 66 years after a battle against leukaemia


The legend snooker’s Willie Thorne has died at the age of 66 years after a short battle with leukemia.The old n ° 7 the world was in the coma caused in the room of the intensive care unit of the hospital of Torrevieja, Spain, after having suffered a respiratory failure Sunday, June 14.

Thorne was diagnosed with leukemia in march and has had several health problems since then, so that he was receiving a chemotherapy treatment while he lived in her rented apartment in Alicante.

He had to undergo three blood transfusions after his initial diagnosis, before returning to the hospital in may for controls, cardiac and MRI.

His last admission to hospital was due to a fall in blood pressure to dangerously low levels, the medical personnel who chose to place him in an induced coma.

Thorne has won 14 world titles during his playing career

Despite its placement on a ventilator, it is, unfortunately, passed away Wednesday morning.

A message on his page on GoFundMe said: “It is with a heart heavy and broken that I must officially announce that 1.55pm this morning, Willie Thorne has lost his battle and died!

“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 say they love it, it comforts me in these difficult times.

“Here, in Spain, everything happens very quickly, so today, me and his family, he will make plans and will inform you accordingly!

“That disappoints me a little of what people tweetaient that he died while he was still with us!

“I guess that’s the life of a celebrity …

Thorne had been placed in an induced coma

“Thank you so much to all those who have been involved in the care of Willies, you have all been absolutely incredible, and Willie couldn’t ask for better

“Thank you for all the donations that have enabled him to receive the care he needed!

“Now this is going to pay for his funeral.

“Thank you for all the good wishes and beautiful messages of support xxx. ”

Thorne has had a successful career in snooker as a player after becoming a professional in 1975.

He has won 14 world titles and reached the final of the Uk championship in 1985, losing to Steve Davis, who had led the tie 13-8 at any given time.

Nicknamed Mr. Maximum – for having held the record for the most number of cuts to the maximum – he also reached the quarter-finals of the world championships in 1982 and 1987; its best performance in the tournament.

We can say that his finest hour came in the final of The Classic in 1985, where he beat Cliff Thorburn to win his only tournament classified.

Thorne was fighting against leukemia since march
Thorne was fighting against leukemia since march

After his retirement in 2001, Thorne began to comment on and became one of the voices of the BBC, after having worked for them in the 80’s.

Away from the table, Thorne was open about his addiction annoying in the game, he admitted ” cost him dearly “, but hoped that by speaking out, he would help others in a similar situation.

His dependence on him, finally left more than 1 million pounds of debt in 2015 and was then declared bankrupt.

More recently, he has helped Sport Relief raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless, while participating in a television series focused on the highlighting of testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

He was married for the second time with former Miss Great Britain Jill Saxby, in 1995, which has played an important role in helping Thorne to overcome his addiction, but the couple separated in 2019.

A fundraising page was created for Thorne by her friend and caregiver, Julie O’neill, who provided fans with regular updates on his health before his death.

Thorne leaves behind three children and two step-children.

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