He died on Wednesday at 1: 55 in the morning, after the doctors had turned off its machines, said the care of Thorne, Julie O’neill, which published regular updates on the fundraising page fund since mid-April.
“I was with him until his end, and I was reading the messages of the people,” wrote O’neill.
“He died very peacefully and without pain in listening to his children tell him that they love him. This comforts me in these difficult times. “
Thorne has known the glory during the boom of snooker in the 1980s and was one of the most recognizable players in the sport, according to a press release from the World Snooker Tour (WST).
“His gregarious nature has made him one of the favorite characters of the public amateur snooker as the sport flourished,” says the press release.
Born in Leicester, Thorne was a friend of the former English international Gary Lineker.
“Deeply, deeply saddened to learn that my friend Willie Thorne is dead “, has tweeted Lineker, who began his professional career at Leicester City. “One of the great characters of life. A wonderful player of snooker and a lovely man, who has put his last black pot too early. RIP Willie. ”
Thorne was known for its kicks snares and loved to entertain the crowd. He has worked as a commentator on television for more than 30 years and has participated in the 2007 edition of the program of ballroom dancing the british ” Strictly Come Dancing “.
He then met with financial difficulties, admitting that he borrowed up to 1 million pounds (1.26 million dollars) after you have developed an addiction to the game, reports PA Media.
The president of WST, Barry Hearn, has spoken fondly of his time to direct Thorne in the 1980s.
“It was a personality larger than life and he played a major role in the renaissance of billiards at this time,” said Hearn. “It is so sad to learn that he passed away and our thoughts go out to his family. “