Darts mourns Jocky Wilson

Scottish darts legend passes away aged 62

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 25/03/12 11:46am

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The world of darts is in mourning after former two-time world champion Jocky Wilson passed away at the age of 62.

The Scottish star was one of the most popular darts players in the world during the sport's first 'golden age' during the 1980s, and was one of the founder members of the PDC which has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Wilson lifted the world title in 1982 and 1989 and enjoyed a brilliant run in the event as he made the quarter-finals in each of his first 13 trips to the World Championship.

Also a winner of three Scottish Masters, four British Professional titles and twice runner-up at the World Masters, Wilson was amongst the cream of the crop in darting circles.

Wilson made his final TV appearance in the 1995 PDC World Matchplay and eventually retired from darts a year later and returned home to Kirkcaldy, where he lived quietly and out of the limelight.

The Scot, who turned 62 only last week, had suffered from a range of ailments including depression, diabetes and arthritis, and more recently had been suffering from a chronic lung disorder.

The PDC signified his impact on the sport by staging the Jocky Wilson Cup in December 2009, which became a prelude the highly successful World Cup of Darts.

Along with his world-class darts ability, Wilson will be best remembered for his huge stage presence. There has not been a more popular player with the fans before or since.

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