Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Five-time world champion Bristow dies aged 60

Five-time world champion Bristow dies aged 60

A five time World Champion and five time World Masters Champion, Bristow won 22 World Darts Federation and British Darts Organisation titles.

The 60-year-old died on Thursday (April 5) after collapsing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool where the latest round of the PDC Premier League was being held.

As word filtered through of his passing, there was a stunning tribute from all those in attendance.

Barry Hearn says Bristow would "always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport". More recently, when he hung up his arrows he turned his hand to media, frequently appearing on Sky Sports and offering expert insights on the game as it turned into a true global sport. He ended his glittering career in January.

His friendship with Phil Taylor led to his mentoring the "The Power" to become the greatest player of all time and he eventually moved into broadcasting with Sky Sports, combining commentary duties with working as a spotter, plotting checkouts for the players.

The Australian outback was a change from his usual holiday haunts of Tenerife and Las Vegas but he charmed viewers sufficiently to finish fourth in the show, striking up an unlikely bond with Made in Chelsea's Hugo Taylor along the way. Bristow later apologised for his remarks.

"He took darts from being just a pub game to actually being classed as a sport". Our thoughts go out to his wife and family because this has come as a massive shock to the whole sport of darts.

Peter Wright dedicates the match to Eric Bristow. He was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 1989, becoming the first darts player to receive the accolade.

The unexpected death of Bristow cast an immediate shadow over events in Liverpool.

"One thing that struck me was the number who worked hard and looked forward to fulfilling their retirement plans only to never reach that age - or to lose their health and not be able to fulfil their plans".

Keith Deller beat Bristow in the 1983 BDO World Championship final in what was one of the tournament's biggest shocks.

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