Updated: 06/04/18 : 05:47:33
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World darts champion played in Sligo

ERIC BRISTOW, the world champion darts player who died last night, Thursday, played in Sligo town.

Aged 60, Bristow, who died from a heart attack, was a five-times world champion.

Nicknamed the ‘Crafty Cockney’ Bristow had been inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame.

On tour he also played exhibition darts, including at the Blue Lagoon, Sligo on one occasion.

His fame peaked in the early Eighties and Bristow became world champion five times between 1980 and 1986.

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Keith Deller, who beat Bristow to win the 1983 title, said: "I'm devastated; me and Eric were together all the time.”

A household name, Bristow won over 70 professional titles, noted the BBC last night, and competed in the world title series 23 times.

He retired from competition eleven years ago and apart from exhibitions he also did  guest appearances on TV.