Former darts World Champion Eric Bristow dies aged 60

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Eric, who was at Liverpool's Echo Arena for last night's Premier League matches, suffered a fatal heart attack.

His dominance in his heyday inspired one of darts commentator Sid Waddell's most iconic quips: "When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer".

Bristow, who won a total of 70 career titles overall, will go down in history as one of the sport's greatest, having been inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2005.

Get Me Out Of Here, wrote: "So very sad to hear about Eric Bristow tonight".

He married wife Jane in 1989 and became father to Louise and James over the next four years.

Brave Ricky added: "I did the best I could, but it wasn't enough, I'm devastated".

He said 'Eric will always be a legend in the world of darts and British sport.

"But I remained positive and, thankfully, got over it".

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He lost to his protege Taylor in the 1990 World Championship final before losing again the following year, this time to Dennis Priestley.

Arguably the sport's first superstar, Bristow also won five World Masters titles and four World Cup Singles titles. I'll miss him." MP Nadine Dorries told her followers: "I am so utterly shocked and saddened that my jungle buddie @ericbristow has died so suddenly this evening.

Bristow eventually moved into broadcasting with Sky Sports, combining commentary duties with work as a spotter, plotting the checkouts for the players that viewers see on their screens. He finished fourth out of 12 celebrities.

Bristow continued to work in the media as a pundit after retiring, and even managed to appear on the reality TV programme "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here" in 2012.

Keith Deller beat Bristow in the 1983 BDO World Championship final in what was one of the tournament's biggest shocks.

Bristow claimed that as a teenager he had been part of a gang of hoodlums who called themselves the Oxton Boys.

His brash personality and unbashed self-confidence earned him a love-hate relationship with darts fans, but he seemed to revel in the boos and jeers that often accompanied his turns at the oche.

Champion, controversial, showman. There was only one Eric Bristow.

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