Darts legend Jocky Wilson dies at 62

Darts legend Jocky Wilson has died aged 62. He passed away at home in Kirkcaldy in Fife. He had been unwell for some time, suffering from the lung disorder, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease.

Wilson was at his peak in the 80s, when he won the world title in 1982 and 1989. From turning professional in 1979 until his retirement in 1996, Wilson was a formidably consistent competitor. He won 4 British championships and 3 Scottish Masters.

On Twitter, the Professional Darts Corporation (Wilson was a founder member) tweeted: "We are very saddened to hear of the death of former world champion Jocky Wilson. Simply devastated."

Wilson's friend and rival Bobby George brought up Wilson’s fierce patriotism. "He was like the Braveheart of darts," George told the BBC. "He hated the English and wanted to beat them. He probably only got on with me because my mum was Scottish. He really turned it on when he played against England, he fought for the Scotsman in him."

After his retirement in 1996, Wilson became something a recluse, living quietly in Kirkcaldy and battling his health problems. He was declared bankrupt in 1998 and was living on disability benefit. When he retired he said, "I've been let down once or twice in my life, but I don't want anyone feeling sorry for me."

Outside the world of darts, Wilson attained fleeting wider recognition after an edition of Top Of The Pops. As a joke, Dexys Midnight Runners played their hit Jackie Wilson Said against a backdrop of the darting maestro Jocky.

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