Kyle Anderson: Darts world pays tribute to Australian who has died aged 33

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Anderson finished the 2014 World Championship with a nine-dart score - only seven other darting pros have reached this level in the sport's most important event.

Barry Hearn, Phil Taylor led tributes for Kyle Anderson, who died at 33.

The Australian player participated in seven World Championships. He threw a nine-dart in 2014.

Hearn, president of Professional Darts Corporation, said that he was "a well-known player on the tour" and his "talents and dedication made him an inspiration for other players around the globe."

Anderson's greatest tournament win was the Auckland Darts Masters 2017.

After making his World Championship debut in 2012-13, he moved to Nottingham in the UK. He won a Players Championship ranking tournament in 2017.

He returned to Australia in the midst of the pandemic and caught Covid-19 for himself in 2020. Anderson was also affected by diabetes.

There has not been an official cause of death.

Hearn stated that his accomplishments were "a fitting punishment for the sacrifices he made in pursuit of his dream."

Taylor, a 16-time World Champion, tweeted: "What terrible news! What a nice and friendly man!" KyleDarts RIP, pal. My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

Michael van Gerwen took to Twitter to call Anderson "a credit for Australian darts and world darts".

Gerwyn Price, current World Champion, said Anderson was "the most kind person in darts" and sent messages to his family and wife.

Mark Webster, Wales's ambassador to the country, paid tribute to "a great man who made huge sacrifices to follow his dream."

Stephen Bunting, a former BDO world champion, posted: "RIP Kyle Anderson. Without you, darts has never been the same. Every time we met, you made me laugh. There was never a dull moment when you were around. We will all miss you, mate. "Xx"

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