Known as the “Crafty Cockney”, the five time world darts champion passed away after collapsing at a Premier League event in Liverpool, England. The darts legend suffered a heart attack according to Professional Darts Corporation Chairman Barry Hearn.
As the news broke around the Echo Arena, fans began to chant “There’s only one Eric Bristow” during what was described as emotional scenes.
Bristow dominated world darts between 1980 and 1987, winning five world titles. He also won the World Masters title and was an original and founding member of the PDC, which was formed in 1993.
The Crafty Cockney is also an MBE, awarded to him in 1989 for services to sport.
Eric was known to many for his role as a TV pundit and also appeared on the UK show “I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here” in 2012.
He was known to speak his mind, often being controversial but people will remember him for his darts skills and putting the game on the map.
Many loved him, others hated him, but there is no doubt that the man is a darts legend and will be remembered by anyone who has a love of the sport. He was the man who popularised the game back in the 80s, just a television was beginning to cover the sport. His battles with the likes of Jocky Wilson and John Lowe are memorable.
RIP Eric Bristow.
Source : BBC
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