Andy Fordham dead latest – Former darts champion dies after suffering organ failure as stars pay tribute

Andy Fordham dead latest – Former darts champion dies after suffering organ failure as stars pay tribute

DARTS legend Andy Fordham has died at the age of 59.

A spokesperson confirmed to SunSport that Fordham passed away in hospital on Thursday morning after suffering major organ failure.

Doctors were amazed at his ability to fight his health issues but his death has left wife Jenny and their family heartbroken.

A favourite of the British darts circuit, the Viking won the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship during a prestigious career.

The Bristol-born thrower entered the scene with a run to the BDO semi-finals in 1995 before finally claiming the trophy nine years later, following a stunning semi-final comeback victory over Raymond van Barneveld.

He beat Mervyn King in the final to add the world crown to his 1999 Masters title. That set up a Sky Box Office encounter with PDC champion Phil Taylor, which saw Fordham retire mid-game due to health concerns.

Fordham once weighed 31 stone and downed 25 bottles of lager a day before tackling his health issues.

Despite shedding the pounds and battling, his darts career began to slump and he took time off to re-hone his skills.

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