Who was Andy Fordham's wife? Darts legend dies at 59 after battling health problems

Only a couple of months ago, darts champ Andy Fordham aka 'The Viking' had admitted he was 'terrified' of death due to his health problems


                            Who was Andy Fordham's wife? Darts legend dies at 59 after battling health problems
Professional darts player Andy Fordham was known for winning the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship and the 1999 Winmau World Masters (Julian Herbert/ Getty Images)

Darts legend Andy Fordham died on Thursday, July 15. He was 59 years old and was battling health problems for a few years. Only a couple of months ago, Fordham had admitted that he was 'terrified' of death because of his health problems. Andy aka 'The Viking' died with his wife Jenny by his side.

Professional darts player Fordham was known for winning the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship and the 1999 Winmau World Masters. In 2009, he switched to the PDC but headed back to the BDO in 2013. During his career, Fordham won a number of dart titles including British Matchplay (1995), British Pentathlon (1998, 2003), Finnish Open (1994), Isle of Man Open (1995), Norway Open (1995, 2000), Swiss Open (1994) and the Welsh Open (2002). We witnessed the demise of a few sporting icons recently including 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, Del Wikes, Jerome Young and Paul Orndorff.

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Andy Fordham (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Fordham faced health problems during his life. At one point, he weighed 31 stone, revealing that he would drink 25 bottles of lager a day. Fordham tested positive for coronavirus in January this year and said in an interview that doctors warned him that the disease could hit him "very quickly". "This is the scariest thing I've ever had to face in my life. My biggest fear is waking up one morning, not being able to breathe and being placed in the back of the ambulance, then not seeing my wife and children again. When you get the virus you suddenly realize everything you take for granted. I am sitting thinking a lot about all the things I’d miss if this virus overcomes me, like seeing my grandchildren grow up. I’m just hoping and praying I come through it," he said.

Born in Bristol in 1962, Fordham's last professional appearance was at the 2018 World Masters. A bowel problem resulted in his hospitalization leading to him having 16 litres of fluid drained from his body. When he appeared on Celebrity Fit Club in 2004, Fordham revealed he gave up beer and drank six bottles of wine a day while on a five-day stag do in Tenerife.

Who was Andy Fordham's wife?

Andy Fordham was married to his wife Jenny Fordham for 21 years. The couple met back in the 1980 and got engaged in 1982. Andy and Jenny have two children together, Ray and Emily, and five grandchildren. Celebrating the couple's first wedding anniversary in 2001, Fordham drank 62 bottles of Pils. 

Andy Fordham with his wife Jenny (Twitter @viking180)

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