Snooker legend Willie Thorne has died in Spain after a battle with leukaemia.
The 66-year-old had been in an induced coma in intensive care aftersuffering respiratory failure in Alicante on Sunday and died thismorning.
He lived in Broughton Astley in Leicestershire.
He was taken to hospital last week with dangerously low blood pressure.
Thorne, nicknamed Mr Maximum, was diagnosed with cancer in March andhas been affected by various health problems since while undergoingchemotherapy treatment.
He had to undergo three blood transfusions following his initialdiagnosis, before returning to hospital in May for heart checks and anMRI scan.
His latest admission to hospital was following a drop in his bloodpressure to dangerously low levels, with medical staff opting to placehim in an induced coma.
has been raised so far on a GoFund Me page. It will be used to pay for his funeral.
A message on his GoFundMe page read:
"It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to officially announce that at 1.55am this morning Willie Thorne lost his battle and passed away.
Thorne had a successful career in snooker as a player after turning professional in 1975.
He reached the final of the UK Championship in 1985, losing to SteveDavis despite having led the tie 13-8.
He also reached the quarter finals of the World Championships in both1982 and 1987; his best performances in the showpiece tournament.
But his finest hour came in the final of The Classic in 1985, where hebeat Cliff Thorburn to win his only ranking tournament.
Thorne won the Mercantile Credit Classic this year.
After retiring in 2001, Thorne moved into commentary and became one ofthe voices of the BBC, having first worked for them in the 1980s.
Away from the table, Thorne was open about his troublesome addictionto gambling, which he admitted 'cost him dear', but hoped by speakingout he would help others in a similar situation.
His addiction eventually left him with over £1million in debts in2015, and later saw him declared bankrupt.