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27 May 20 18:29
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'He is unable to move his arms and legs': Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself due to sepsis after having treatment for leukaemia and is completely bedridden, claims his carer

Willie Thorne was discharged from a hospital in Spain after leukaemia treatment
But he is now suffering from sepsis and is unable to move his arms or legs
Thorne moved back to his rented home in Alicante but now has suspected sepsis
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Report A_T May 27, 2020 6:37 PM BST
sounds in a bad way
Report TheNorfolkMafia May 27, 2020 7:14 PM BST
Very sorry to hear this!
Report geordie1956 May 27, 2020 7:17 PM BST
Certainly an entertainer at his best ... sad to hear about his current state
Doesn't sound good unfortunately
Report casemoney May 27, 2020 7:17 PM BST
Report Crisp77 May 27, 2020 7:37 PM BST
A good sport is Willy

Now old Willy Thorne his hair's all gone
And his mates all take the rise
His opponent said cover up his head
Cos it's shining in my eyes
When the light shines down on his bare crown
It's a cert he's gonna walk it
It's just not fair giving off that glare
'Perhaps I ought to chalk it'
Snooker loopy nuts are we
Me and him and them and me
We'll show you what we can do
With a load of balls and a snooker cue
Report ericster May 27, 2020 7:41 PM BST
Sorry to see this.
Report peckerdunne May 27, 2020 7:49 PM BST
poor Willie Sad
Report MC Roller May 27, 2020 7:57 PM BST
Loved the snooker loopy song crisp, great stuff from chas and dave.

Always enjoyed listening to the virgo/thorne combination. Terrible news that.

Report lapsy pa May 27, 2020 8:25 PM BST
Sad to hear,can't believe he is only 66.
Report wondersobright May 27, 2020 8:28 PM BST
Report foxy May 27, 2020 9:38 PM BST
Very sad to read this Sad
Report casemoney May 27, 2020 9:55 PM BST
Certainly lived life to the full  . didn't realise he had cancer Sad
Report bigmo May 28, 2020 11:04 AM BST
Really sad news. The sickening thing is I only found out about it because someone posted an offensive joke about it. Sad
Report Fire-and-Ice May 29, 2020 11:54 AM BST
Saw him at a charity exhibition. Great night.
Best wishes Willie
Report stewarts rise May 29, 2020 12:20 PM BST
Do hope he pulls through, a very decent fella and a good sense of humour, good luck willie.
Report annie. May 29, 2020 1:01 PM BST
Sad to hear this.  Hope you pull through, Willie.

It is one of the things I love about chit chat is that I read news I haven't seen elsewhere.
Report stewarts rise May 29, 2020 1:05 PM BST
There is a go fund me page somewhere trying to raise money for him or his treatment, read that a while ago.
Report moonaxed May 29, 2020 5:18 PM BST
Would be nice if Ladbrokes, Coral and Hills could contribute, he lost enough to them.In his hour of need it would be much appreciated. I wont hold my breath though
Report BARROWBOY May 29, 2020 7:26 PM BST
Saw him in a bookies in derby once,got chatting.had a fistful of dog bets.told me me he was hitting trap numbers in forecasts & tricasts.i got the impression he was a bit like the guy who has to do the same lottery numbers every week just in case.i suspect he wasn’t a very good gambler & it led him to fall out with a lot of people.pity his multi millionaire pal lineker couldn’t have helped him out.anyway he gets my best wishes,actually I used to enjoy his commentaries thought he was one of the best of the bunch.on a slight aside,saw John Virgo just after Xmas ,he didn’t look that well either.
Report Capt__F May 29, 2020 8:10 PM BST
sad newsSad

bad gambler tho owed my buddy £000's
Report tictacman1 May 29, 2020 10:59 PM BST
'He is unable to move his arms and legs - can't feed himself or put a drink to his mouth and has a bedsore.

'As far as I understand from the translated discharge papers from the hospital he has a superinfection (sepsis) throughout his body.

We wish him well
Report smirnoff2therescue May 29, 2020 11:23 PM BST
he wont be at home if he has sepsis SadSadSad
Report moonaxed May 30, 2020 6:17 AM BST
Lineker has helped out Thorne, he owes money right, left and centre all through gambling, its only very recently government has acknowledged how serious an addiction gambling is.The high street firms have a lot to answer for.McCoy and Dettori and any other jock who does adverts for them should take a good hard look at themselves.
Report elisjohn May 30, 2020 6:44 AM BST
doesnt he owe lineker a million quid ?, i assume that willie is a bit of a loveable con man myself, but still one of the best commentators out there, loved him and virgo years back, but virgo last few years overdoing his" wheres the white ball going ". wish you well.
Report wondersobright June 2, 2020 8:13 PM BST
Report casemoney June 2, 2020 8:20 PM BST
McCoy and Dettori will be taking a good hard look at their Bank accounts ,They are all at it we have The Ant and Dec slot machines on line ........
Report moonaxed June 2, 2020 10:14 PM BST
Sad but very true...
Report themightymac June 2, 2020 11:07 PM BST
Sorry to hear this. Good luck Willie.
Report dukeofpuke June 3, 2020 12:09 AM BST
Here is a true story as i was there.

There was the Willie Thorne snooker centre on Charles Street Leicester (the former city council building and is now again)

There was a front page story in The Sun about his gambling addiction and losses etc and him saying he giving up gambling blah blah

It was either that day or day after i was in the Lad brokes on Charles Street across the road from his place and guess who was in there looking up at the prices on screen
Report tictacman1 June 3, 2020 12:24 AM BST
Snooker star Willie Thorne is now able to move his arms.

The 66-year-old is being looked after by friend Julie O’Neill after returning from hospital to his rented home in Alicante.

There are concerns over his condition as he also undergoes chemotherapy for leukaemia.

“We have managed to get a clearer picture from the medical professionals now going forward and are able to formulate a care plan more efficiently for him.

“He has some movement back in his arms which is fantastic and he is much more upbeat and positive in his mood too.

“Thank you all for your lovely messages " .
Report moonaxed June 3, 2020 4:22 AM BST
Ffs...keep the betting slips hidden.
Report BARROWBOY June 16, 2020 6:36 PM BST
Sounds like he’s taken a turn for the worse,respiratory failure .in a coma.
Report workrider June 16, 2020 7:32 PM BST
Very sad, how anyone can make a joke out of this is beyond belief. Get well soon Willie..
Report BARROWBOY June 16, 2020 7:43 PM BST
Didn’t realise that he’d been diagnosed with leukaemia sounds like pneumonia might have kicked in.iknow he was a bit of a rogue but I always liked his commentaries.sad.
Report GAZO June 17, 2020 9:05 AM BST
sadly passed away
Report June 17, 2020 9:46 AM BST
r.i.p willie
Report tictacman1 June 17, 2020 10:27 AM BST
His carer, Julie O'Neill, wrote on the page on Wednesday: "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.

"Willie went into septic shock and was not responding to any treatment so the decision was made by the hospital to turn off the machines.

"I was with him all the way to his end and reading out messages to him from people. He passed away very peacefully and without pain listening to his children saying they love him. That gives me some comfort in this difficult time."

Known as Mr Maximum, Thorne was the third player to reach the landmark of 100 centuries and made a 147 in the 1987 UK Championship.
Report portmanpark June 17, 2020 11:23 AM BST
Report Angoose June 17, 2020 11:24 AM BST
The former snooker star Willie Thorne has died in hospital in Spain at the age of 66. Thorne, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship on two occasions, was diagnosed with leukaemia in March and was taken to hospital last week with low blood pressure.

Thorne, known in the sport as Mr Maximum, was regarded among the world’s best players in the sport during its boom period in the 1980s, reaching a peak world ranking of number seven. Yet his most notable moment on the baize was perhaps his infamous defeat to the then-dominant Steve Davis in the final of the 1985 UK Championship.

Thorne, leading 13-8 and needing just two more frames to clinch his first major title, missed a simple blue off its spot which allowed Davis to not only take the frame, but begin a fightback which led to him winning the title. He became well-known for his punditry work in the spot, beginning commentating on snooker for the BBC in the 1980s, continuing in the role until 2018.

He also battled a serious gambling problem, telling the Guardian in 2004 how he would often place bets of £20,000 on one horse - and how he once bet £38,000 on a match involving John Parrott. His close friend, Gary Lineker, paid tribute to Thorne, saying: “Deeply, deeply saddened to hear that my friend Willie Thorne has passed away. One of life’s great characters. A marvellous snooker player and a lovely man, who’s potted his final black much too soon. RIP Willie.”
Report Fire-and-Ice June 17, 2020 11:35 AM BST
RIP Willie
Report hfink June 17, 2020 12:17 PM BST
Very very sad to hear this. Saw him a few years ago handing out awards and in good spirits. Looked well, entertaining everyone with his snooker stories. Shocking how these things can happen so quickly. RIP Willie.
Report casemoney June 17, 2020 12:24 PM BST
Report Facts June 17, 2020 12:25 PM BST
Sad news. He joins his older brother, Malcolm, who died in 2011 of cancer aged 61.Sad
Report Emitdeb June 17, 2020 12:26 PM BST
Report TheNorfolkMafia June 17, 2020 2:31 PM BST
R.I.P. Willie!

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