Australian darts star Kyle Anderson has died at the age of 33.
Anderson returned to Australia at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak and has not played since 2020, resigning his tour card at the start of 2021.
He had been struggling with his health – Anderson had type two diabetes and struggled with his eyesight – since returning to Australia, posting images on social media as recently as August 10 while in a Brisbane hospital.
Anderson was one of eight players to hit a nine-dart finish at a PDC World Championship and reached the last 32 at Alexandra Palace on four occasions.
His other career highlights included winning the 2017 Auckland Masters and reaching the semi-final of the 2016 European Championships.
The Noongar man was known for walking out to a version of Goanna’s Solid Rock and was nicknamed ‘The Original’.
“We send our condolences and best wishes to Kyle’s family and friends at this terribly sad time, particularly his wife and children,” said PDC president Barry Hearn.
“Kyle’s achievements in his short-lived career were outstanding, notably his Auckland Darts Masters win, and a fitting reward for the sacrifices he made to follow his dream.
“He was a popular player on the tour and his talent and dedication made him an inspiration to other players around the world.”
Anderson’s management company, The Sportsman Management Company Ltd, released a statement on Tuesday evening (AEDT) which said: “The heartbreaking and devastating news this morning, that we have lost one of our family.
“Kyle was one of the nicest people you could ever have meet. One of the biggest hearts you will ever find with so much love in it.
“All our love thoughts and prayers are with your young family at this time. RIP Kyle.”