Andy Fordham: Former BDO World Darts champion dies aged 59


Andy Fordham gained the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship beating Mervyn King within the closing; ‘The Viking’ additionally gained the 1999 World Masters; Adrian Lewis and Bobby George amongst these to pay tribute; Fordham had been attributable to compete at subsequent 12 months’s World Seniors Darts Championships

Final Up to date: 15/07/21 6:54pm


Andy Fordham has died aged 59

Former BDO world champion Andy Fordham has died on the age of 59.

An announcement posted by the BDO on its Fb web page on Thursday confirmed the information relating to ‘The Viking’, who was one of the well-liked gamers within the sport.

It learn: “The British Darts Organisation are deeply saddened to listen to of the lack of the darts legend Andy (The Viking) Fordham, a real gentleman of the sport who can be deeply missed by all.

“Our hearts and ideas are along with his household at the moment.”

Fordham won the 2004 BDO World Championship with victory over Mervyn King

Fordham gained the 2004 BDO World Championship with victory over Mervyn King

Fordham gained the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship after beating fellow Englishman Mervyn King 6-3 within the closing at Lakeside.

The ex-pub landlord additionally gained the World Masters in 1999 and tributes have poured in for Fordham following his passing.

Kevin Painter, runner-up of the 2004 PDC World Championship, tweeted: “Completely devastated to listen to the information that Andy Fordham has handed away, a darting legend and one of many nicest guys on the planet, ideas are with the household at the moment…RIP Andy.”

World quantity 24 Chris Dobey additionally tweeted a selfie with Fordham with the message: “Completely devastated to listen to of the passing of this Legend, it was an absolute pleasure to have labored and shared a stage with a real gent. Will probably be such a miss to all concerned with darts. RIP Andy Fordham.”

Two-time BDO World Championship runner-up Bobby George additionally tweeted: “Simply heard the devastating information that Andy Fordham has handed away. He was a mild big and beloved by all. Our condolences exit to his spouse Jenny, household and associates. RIP ANDY FORDHAM THE VIKING.”

Fordham certified for the 2015 Grand Slam of Darts, however he didn’t get out of his group which consisted of Adrian Lewis, Michael Smith and Wayne Jones.

Former world champion Lewis tweeted: “Unhappy to listen to the passing of a legend Andy Fordham our ideas are along with his household.”

‘The Viking’ has suffered from well being points in recent times and in January had examined optimistic for coronavirus.

Fordham was additionally hospitalised in February final 12 months after having an operation on his bowel.

In 2007, Fordham was rushed to hospital on the World Darts Championship after struggling chest pains and respiratory issues.

He was taken unwell simply earlier than his first-round match towards Australian Simon Whitlock on the Lakeside.

Fordham made his BDO World Championship debut in 1995

Fordham made his BDO World Championship debut in 1995

Following his BDO win, Fordham took on reigning PDC champion Phil Taylor on the Circus Tavern in November 2004 however the Bristol-born thrower was pressured to retire in the course of the sport attributable to sickness.

Fordham was attributable to make a darting comeback at subsequent 12 months’s World Seniors Darts Championship together with a bunch of former world champions together with Taylor, Dennis Priestley and Ted Hankey.





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