Snooker legend, Willie Thorne, 66, dies after suffering respiratory failure

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Willie Thorne

Snooker legend, Willie Thorne has died in hospital in Spain after suffering ‘septic shock’ following respiratory failure.

The English former professional had been put into a coma on Sunday while receiving treatment for his leukemia.

Thorne, who announced he was battling leukemia in March, suffered several health issues. He had to undergo three blood transfusions before returning to the hospital in May for heart checks and an MRI scan.

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On Wednesday morning, his carer and friend Julie O’Neill announced that he died at 1.55 am and was surrounded by his family.

“It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to officially announce that at 1.55 am this morning, Willie Thorne lost his battle and passed away,” O’Neill wrote.

“Willie went into septic shock and was not responding to any treatment so the decision was made by the hospital to turn off the machines. I was with him all the way to his end and reading out messages to him from people. He passed away very peacefully and without pain listening to his children saying they love him. That gives me some comfort in this difficult time.”

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