Darts world deeply saddened by death of Fordham

The darts world is in mourning after the sudden death of icon Andy Fordham, who died on Thursday at the age of 59.

As soon as the news of his death trickled out, it was met with reactions from darts organisations, old rivals and new generation darts players. Fordham was especially praised for his character. The Viking was not called the 'people's champion' for nothing.

''A big man with big heart'', Michael van Gerwen said on Twitter. He was characterised as a ''character both on and off the board'' by Simon Whitlock.

Also his old rival Steve Beaton reacted with great dejection. ''Very saddened to hear of the passing away of Andy Fordham. Not only a great friend but a sporting legend who I had the pleasure of knowing for many a year. Our thoughts are with Jenny and the family.''

See below an overview of some of the reactions from the darting world.

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