Tributes pour in for darts legend Eric Bristow dead at 60

Tributes pour in for darts legend Eric Bristow dead at 60

THE SPORTING WORLD was shaken last night by the news that five-times world darts champion Eric Bristow passed away aged 60 after suffering a heart attack.

He was attending a Premier League fixture at Liverpool’s Echo Arena when he was taken ill and collapsed.

News of his death sparked a rendition of “There’s only one Eric Bristow” by fans as Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney stopped playing after breaking down in tears.

Nicknamed the Crafty Cockney, Bristow dominated the sport in the 18980’s, winning three successive world titles between 1984 and 1986.

Promoter Barry Hearn, who played a pivotal role in increasing television coverage of the sport, was one of the first of many to pay tribute to the east Londoner.

“It’s just unbelievable. He was working as normal in hospitality, started feeling ill and collapsed and died. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family because this has come as a massive shock to the whole sport of darts,” he said.

“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.”

Social media was overwhelmed with similar tributes.