PDC star Tony Ayres dies aged 54

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PDC star Tony Ayres dies aged 54
PDC star Tony Ayres dies aged 54. image: [email protected]

PDC star Tony Ayres dies aged 54

The world of professional darts is in mourning today, Saturday, November 27, after confirmation by the PDC of the passing of their former star, Tony Ayres. Tony died aged just 54.

“The PDC is saddened to learn that Tony Ayres has passed away, aged 54. Everyone at the PDC sends their condolences to Tony’s family and friends”, tweeted the official PDC account. Tony competed in the PDC between 2007 and 2013.

Known as the ‘T-man’, whilst competing in the 2010 UK OPen darts tournament, Tony produced one of televised darts’ most-memorable moments. Involved in a dramatic match with top English player, James Wade, he won a sudden-death game 10-9, to reach the semi-finals.

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With two legs of the match to go, Ayres found himself one leg behind, needing to win both remaining legs to seal the match. Incredibly, Wade slipped up in the penultimate leg, allowing Ayres to draw level at 9-9. An unbelievable finish in the final leg saw Ayres nail a 152 checkout to win the match, which you can watch below.

This moment was recalled by one of many fans who swamped Twitter with messages of condolences, “Absolutely devastating news, that 152 against Wade will be remembered forever”.


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He also competed in the 2009 PDC World Championships, but lost in the second round to Andy Hamilton.


Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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