The darts community is mourning the tragic death of Aussie trailblazer Kyle Anderson at the age of 33.
A popular figure on the Professional Darts Corporation circuit, Anderson’s death on Tuesday has left the sporting world in shock.
The Sportsman Management Company, who represented Anderson, confirmed his death via social media.
“Kyle was one of the nicest people you could ever have met. One of the biggest hearts you will ever find with so much love in it,” the post read.
“You made us laugh more than you will ever know. No star will shine brighter in the sky than yours.”
No cause of death has been revealed for Anderson, nicknamed “The Original”.
The Indigenous star was one of only eight players to hit a nine-dart finish at the PDC World Championship.
He played in seven World Championships after making his debut in the 2012-13 event.
Anderson’s greatest moment came when he won a Players Championship and the Auckland Darts Masters on the World Series of Darts circuit in 2017.
He also represented Australia four times in the PDC World Cup of Darts, playing alongside Simon Whitlock and reaching the 2018 semi-finals.
Anderson gave up his PDC Tour card this year, preferring to stay in Australia to be with his family.
He spent four weeks in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 shortly after returning home from the UK in March 2020.
Anderson posted a picture on Instagram earlier this month seemingly showing himself in hospital, writing: “Getting all too regular now.”
PDC chairman Barry Hearn said of Anderson: “He was a popular player on the Tour and his talent and dedication made him an inspiration to other players around the world.
“We send our condolences and best wishes to Kyle’s family and friends at this terribly sad time, particularly his wife and children.
“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.”
Darts world in shock over Kyle Anderson’s death
Tributes have been flowing in after Anderson’s tragic death.
Whitlock posted on social media: “Totally gutted to wake to the terrible news about Kyle.
“Not only a brilliant player but a very nice man. Many times I played against him and loved playing with him. You will be missed Kyle but never forgotten – tragic.”
Three-time world champion Michael Van Gerwen tweeted: “A lovely man and always fun to be with, very sorry to hear about Kyle. We had many great games and a fantastic player. A credit to Australian and world darts. RIP mate.”
Phil Taylor, a 14-time world champion, tweeted: “What terrible news to wake up to what a nice friendly man. @KyleDarts RIP pal. Thoughts go to all your family.”
Gerwyn Price wrote: “Such awful news to wake up to Kyle you was the nicest person in darts always had time for everyone you will be sadly missed sending all my love and strength to your wife and young family RIP brother.”
Gary Anderson said: “Such an inspiration to others I cant believe it sending our love & support to your family & friends. You was one of the nicest guys in darts & we will all miss you! Rip cuz @KyleDarts.”
Adrian Lewis tweeted: “Devastated to hear the news of Kyle Anderson passing away, sending our sincere condolences to Kyle’s wife and children and all of their family.”
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