Australian Kyle Anderson has died at the age of 33, the Professional Darts Corporation has confirmed.
Anderson played in seven World Championships after making his debut in the 2012-13 event and held a PDC Tour card from 2014 until this year.
His greatest spell came as he won a Players Championship and then the Auckland Darts Masters on the World Series of Darts circuit in 2017. He also had a nine-dart finish in the World Championship to his name.
Anderson had returned to Australia at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year and relinquished his Tour card in January as he opted to stay in his homeland for family reasons.
PDC president Barry Hearn said: "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.
"He was a popular player on the Tour and his talent and dedication made him an inspiration to other players around the world."
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. 🙏🌹 pic.twitter.com/1tpS9U5HZY— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) August 24, 2021
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, also paid tribute, tweeting: "What terrible news to wake up to what a nice friendly man. @KyleDarts RIP pal. Thoughts go to all your family."
What terrible news to wake up to what a nice friendly man. @KyleDarts RIP pal.— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor) August 24, 2021
Thoughts go to all your family.
Former BDO world champion Stephen Bunting posted: "Absolutely gutted hearing the news this morning. RIP Kyle Anderson. The darts world hasn't been the same with you not around brother. You always made me laugh every time we met. Never a dull moment with you around. We are all gonna miss you mate. Xx"