Crafty Cockney darts legend Eric Bristow dies of heart attack aged 60

Apr 07, 2018, 01:18
Crafty Cockney darts legend Eric Bristow dies of heart attack aged 60

"One thing that struck me was the number who worked hard and looked forward to fulfilling their retirement plans only to never reach that age - or to lose their health and not be able to fulfil their plans. I don't keep anything like that, but I've got that avarice and it just so sad".

Bistow was part of the breakaway group which formed the breakaway World Darts Council in 1993, which eventually went on to become the phenomenon which is the lucrative PDC circuit of today.

An off-duty nurse helped Ricky and the pair desperately tried to save the five-time world darts champ.

He once said: 'My philosophy is you've got to enjoy life while you can - there's not much point being the richest man in the graveyard.

Born in east London on April 25, 1957, Bristow later relocated to the English Midlands where he went on to become a mentor to Phil Taylor, who went on to become a 16-time world champion himself.

In 1986 Bristow, nicknamed the Crafty Cockney, suffered a bout of "dartitis" a psychological condition when the player concerned is unable to release the dart correctly.

As well as his love of sports, he dabbled in reality TV when he signed up to I'm A Celebrity...

Eric, known as the Crafty Cockney, entered the Australian jungle in 2012 for the ITV show, where he finished in fourth place. But in 2016 sky sacked Bristow for some ill advised tweets regarding sexual abuse victims for which he apologised for the following day.

After the match Keith Deller, who beat Bristow in the final of 1983 World Championships, paid tribute on Sky saying, "I am devastated. RIP Eric x." Meanwhile boxer David Haye, who beat Eric into third place, remembered Eric's amusing side. He always wanted to make sure I got home safe. "We didn't trash people's houses, we didn't physically hurt anyone and there wasn't a sinister side to us".

Other players who have battled dartitis include Phil Taylor, Mark Webster and, most recently, Dutch pro Berry van Peer, who broke down in tears at last year's Grand Slam of Darts after struggling to release his darts. Immediately afterwards fans at the Echo Arena burst into a rendition of "There's only one Eric Bristow".

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