Australian Darts star Kyle Anderson resigned his PDC Tour Card before death at 33
Kyle Anderson contracted Covid-19 last year and suffered from diabetes and had been struggling with his health ever since
Australian Darts star Kyle Anderson has passed away. He was 33 years old. The news of his demise was confirmed on Tuesday, August 24 by the PDC. The statement from PDC president Barry Hearn read, "We send our condolences and best wishes to Kyle's family and friends at this terribly sad time, particularly his wife and children."
The statement further said, "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." The cause of his death hasn't been determined yet. We witnessed the demise of a few sporting icons recently including 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, Del Wikes, Jerome Young and Paul Orndorff.
The ace Darts payer from Perth, Australia came to the limelight after producing a televised nine-dart finish at the World Championship in December 2013. He made seven appearances and winning six matches on the PDC's biggest stage, the Alexandra Palace. He was one of eight players to hit a nine-dart finish at a PDC World Championship. Anderson also reached the quarter-finals of the UK Open in 2016 and the semi-finals of the European Championship in 2017. He beat Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, James Wade and Corey Cadby to win the 2017 Auckland Masters. Anderson came through Qualifying School in 2014, becoming the PDC’s first Aboriginal Australian professional, and secured his first ranking title on the ProTour in 2017.
Kyle Anderson contracted Covid-19 last year and suffered from diabetes and had been struggling with his health ever since. Anderson was in Australia at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak and has not played since 2020, resigning his tour card at the start of 2021 and ended his six-year stint on the professional circuit. According to reports, the 33-year-old had dropped to 60th in the PDC Order of Merit as a result of his absence from competitive action and was expecting the birth of his second child this year. He had at the time shared: "I have had a great seven years in the PDC but I have a new child on the way next month, so it’s only fair that I give my Tour Card up so that another rising star can try to achieve their dream. I would like to thank the PDC for the amazing opportunity that I had been given, and I will hopefully be seeing everyone again in the World Series in Australia.”
Anderson had type two diabetes and struggled with his eyesight. He had been posting images from his hospital room on social media as recently as August 10 while in a Brisbane hospital.
Some Darts players paid tribute to Anderson on social media after the news of his demise broke out. Stephen Bunting tweeted, "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 gonna miss you mate."
Bobby George wrote, "RIP Kyle Anderson. Devastating news. Condolences go out to family and friends. Another sad day for the darts world." Reigning PDC world champion Gerwyn Price also took to Twitter and 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."
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 😢 pic.twitter.com/9C2etqmNII— Stephen Bunting (@sbunting180) August 24, 2021
RIP Kyle Anderson. Devastating news. Condolences go out to family and friends. Another sad day for the #dartsworld— Bobby George (@BobbyGeorge180) August 24, 2021
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 ❤️— Gerwyn Price (@Gezzyprice) August 24, 2021