Snooker legend Willie Thorne has revealed he is battling prostate cancer.
The 61-year-old, told the Sunday Mirror, he only discovered the cancer after being sent him for routine blood tests by his psychiatrist.
He said: "I feel numb with everything that has gone on. But I am determined to summon the strength and fight.
"The cancer is under ‘active surveillance’. I’ve had an MRI scan on my prostate and I have to go into hospital again for another biopsy in two weeks."
"I'm scared because I've spent two years living a lie with the gambling, depression and debts - I do wonder if this has been brought on by the stress, he added.
"I have the support of my family. We have not spoken about this too much so far because we don’t know yet the full picture.
“When we get the next results back we will. But doctors are hopeful that we’ve caught this early enough".