Eric Bristow Dies of Heart Attack
Five-time world darts champion Eric Bristow has died this evening at the age of sixty following a heart attack. Bristow, who was born in East London was known as the Crafty Cockney, he was a huge character and a legend in the world of darts.
Bristow was a tremendous player who was always honest and straightforward, he became one of the founder players when PDC was formed in 1993, as the sport’s leading stars broke away from the British Darts Organisation.
One of darts’ first superstar players, he won his five titles as a player in the British Darts Organisation, dominating the sport between 1980 and 1986. He was awarded the MBE for his services to sport in 1989.
Bristow was inducted into the PDC hall of fame in 2005 alongside close rival John Lowe. Since retiring from competition at the end of 2007, he has remained a popular figure on the exhibition circuit, whilst also working as a TV pundit for Sky Sports.
Former professional darts player and friend Keith Deller said, “I’m devastated, me and Eric were together all the time. What he has s done for our game, if it wasn’t for Eric, their would be no one here in Liverpool tonight watching Premier League Darts.”