Andy Fordham dead latest – Darts legend known as ‘Viking’ passes away with cause of death not yet revealed

DARTS legend Andy Fordham has passed away at the age of 59.

A favourite of the British darts circuit, the Viking won the 2004 BDO World Darts Championship during a prestigious career.

The Bristol-born thrower entered the scene with a run to the BDO semi-finals in 1995 before finally claiming the trophy nine years later, following a stunning semi-final comeback victory over Raymond van Barneveld.

He beat Mervyn King in the final to add the world crown to his 1999 Masters title. That set up a Sky Box Office encounter with PDC champion Phil Taylor, which saw Fordham retire mid-game due to health concerns.

Fordham once weighed 31 stone and downed 25 bottles of lager a day before tackling his health issues.

Despite shedding the pounds and battling, his darts career began to slump and he took time off to re-hone his skills.

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