Twice world darts champion Jocky Wilson has died. He was aged 62, and despite his former glories, he spent his last few years in relative poverty.
Jocky Wilson, twice winner of the world championship for darts, was found dead in his flat in Scotland. According to LBC Radio, Fife police have confirmed the death not to be suspicious and due to medical reasons. Wilson had reportedly been suffering with the lung disorder chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Jocky Wilson was born John Thomas Wilson in 1950 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He became a professional dart player in 1979, and went on to win the world championship in 1982 and 1989. He retired from the game, mainly due to ill-health, in 1995. Although his earnings from the sport were relatively substantial, the Daily Telegraph notes that he spent his last years living in relative isolation and living from state-benefits.
Darts was very popular on British television, as well as worldwide, during the 1980s. Wilson, along with Eric Bristow and John Lowe, was a big name. The Daily Mail notes that as well as his two world titles, Wilson reached fourteen consecutive quarter-finals in world championship.
On hearing the news, Tommy Cox, the manager of Jocky Wilson for many years, is quoted by the BBC as saying: "In the 1980s there wasn't a person in the country who didn't know who Jocky Wilson was. Jocky transcended the whole spectrum of life in the UK. It's a very sad day because Jocky was loved by so many people for the great character he was."