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Darts legend Wilson passes away aged 62

ESPN staff
March 25, 2012
Jocky Wilson enjoyed a stellar career © Getty Images

Former two-time world darts champion Jocky Wilson has died at the age of 62.

The Scot, one of the founder members of the PDC, had recently been suffering from the lung disorder chronic pulmonary obstructive disease - although it is unclear whether this was the cause of his death on Saturday night.

A Fife police spokeswoman told the BBC: "The death is non-suspicious and due to a medical matter."

Wilson was one of the greats of the game in the 1980s, lifting the world title in 1982 and 1989 with victories over John Lowe and Eric Bristow respectively, and making at least the quarter-finals in his first 13 appearances at the World Championship.

Among his other triumphs, Wilson won three Scottish Masters, four British Professional titles and finished as runner-up twice at the World Masters - before calling time on his illustrious career in 1996.

Tommy Cox, Wilson's manager from 1988-1996, said: "In the 1980s there wasn't a person in the country who didn't know who Jocky Wilson was. Jocky transcended the whole spectrum of life in the UK. It's a very sad day because Jocky was loved by so many people for the great character he was."

Former world champion Raymond van Barneveld tweeted: "Sad to hear Jocky Wilson died at age 62 he was a great player and I have many good memories of him, RIP champ."

Fifteen-time world champion Phil Taylor told the Sun on Sunday: "We owe Jocky so much. Jocky really was a true legend."

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