Snooker legend Willie Thorne dies aged 66 after leukaemia battle

Snooker legend Willie Thorne has died aged 66 after a battle against leukaemia.
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The former world top 10 player had been in an induced coma in Spain since Sunday.

Gary Lineker said he was 'deeply, deeply saddened at the news'.

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Lineker said Willie had 'potted his final black much too soon'.

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He tweeted: "Deeply, deeply saddened to hear that my friend Willie Thorne has passed away.

"One of life’s great characters.

"A marvellous snooker player and a lovely man, who’s potted his final black much too soon. RIP Willie."

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