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Australian darts star Kyle Anderson dies, aged 33


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ustralian darts star Kyle Anderson has died at the age of 33.

Nicknamed ‘The Original’, Anderson was a regular on the Professional Darts Corporation tour in the UK over several years, earning his PDC Tour Card in 2014.

He reached the last 32 of the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on four occasions and was a European Championship semi-finalist in 2017, also reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Open in 2016.

Among Anderson’s most prominent tournament wins were his Players Championship and Auckland Masters triumphs in 2017.

Tributes have quickly poured in for the popular Anderson, who gave up his PDC Tour Card in February having stayed in Australia since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We send our condolences and best wishes to Kyle’s family and friends at this terribly sad time, particularly his wife and children,” said PDC president Barry Hearn.

“Kyle’s achievements in his short-lived career were outstanding, notably his Auckland Darts Masters win, and a fitting reward for the sacrifices he made to follow his dream.

“He was a popular player on the tour and his talent and dedication made him an inspiration to other players around the world.”

16-time world champion Phil Taylor tweeted: “What terrible news to wake up to what a nice friendly man. @KyleDarts RIP pal. Thoughts go to all your family.”

Darts legend Bobby George said: “RIP Kyle Anderson. Devastating news. Condolences go out to family and friends. Another sad day for the #dartsworld.”

Stephen Bunting tweeted: “Absolutely gutted hearing the news this morning. RIP Kyle Anderson. The darts world hasn’t been the same with you not around brother.

“You always made me laugh every time we met. Never a dull moment with you around. We are all gonna miss you mate.”


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