Sporting legend Willie Thorne has died in hospital in Spain aged 66. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in March and admittted to hospital.
His carer, Julie O’Neill, announced his passing in the early hours of Wednesday. She wrote: “It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to officially announce that at 1.55am this morning, Willie Thorne lost his battle and passed away,”
“Willie went into septic shock and was not responding to any treatment so the decision was made by the hospital to turn off the machines. I was with him all the way to his end and reading out messages to him from people. He passed away very peacefully and without pain listening to his children saying they love him. That gives me some comfort in this difficult time.”
Thorne famously reaches the quarter finals of the World Championships twice and was loved in the sport. He was great friends with fellow Leicester born star Gary Lineker who posted this on Twitter: