Eric Bristow: Five-time Darts World Champion Dies Aged 60

Eric Bristow, the British five-time darts world champion, dies at the age of 60, the Professional Darts Corporation announces.

The news was announced by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), which said Bristow died on Thursday following a heart attack.

Bristow, world champion five times between 1980 and 1986, also won five World Masters titles and was a founder player when the PDC was formed in 1993.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn said he would “always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport”.

He added: “He was a tremendous player and a huge character, and even after his retirement fans would travel for miles to meet him and see him play.”

Bristow, who was nicknamed the Crafty Cockney, was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 1989.

He also worked as a TV pundit and appeared on ITV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2012.

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