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Snooker legend Willie Thorne’s funeral to held in Spanish city where he spent his final days


SNOOKER great Willie Thorne’s funeral will be held next week in the Spanish city where he spent his final days.

His pals have arranged a church service followed by a celebration of his life at an Alicante bar.

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Snooker legend Willie Thorne’s funeral will be held in Alicante[/caption]

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Willie Thorne was a professional Snooker player from 1975 to 2001[/caption]

Willie, 66, rented a flat there until he died from leukaemia last week.

Julie O’Neill, who was looking after him, said the celebration would be at Evolution Bar la Fuente where Willie held charity events and played with the pool team and golf association.

Julie said: “We are planning a beautiful ­service. This is an immensely difficult time for many. The world lost a champion.”

Famous pals including Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan have paid tribute to Leicester-born Willie, who turned professional in 1975 and was known as Mr Maximum.

The snooker legend competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007.

He was paired up with Erin Boag before being voted off early into the show – coming in 12th out of 14th place.

Thorne was rushed to a hospital by ambulance in Spain with dangerously low blood pressure as he bravely battled leukaemia, and remained in intensive care since.

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This image from Thorne’s GoFundMe page shows the snooker player in hospital[/caption]


Thorne came in 12th of 14th place on Strictly Come Dancing[/caption]

Things worsened when Thorne went into respiratory failure and was placed into an induced coma, with medical ventilation.

Thorne was diagnosed with leukaemia in March and had been in and out of hospital since starting treatment. Thorne underwent three blood transfusions and treatment for a virus as well as MRI scans and heart checks following his admission to Torrevieja Hospital on May 2.

On top of that, the 66-year-old was also faced with both gout, which causes swelling and pain around the joints, and a water infection once treatment for the leukaemia began.

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