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• Willie (William) Joseph Thorne, snooker player, born 4 May 1954; died 17 June 2020 • … Will be missed by a lot of people in the Snooker world. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here.

Thorne was married to former Miss Great Britain winner Jill Saxby and lived in Broughton Astley.

‘He passed away very peacefully and without pain listening to his children saying they love him gives me some comfort in this difficult time.’. A Memorial service for Willie Thorne will be held at La Zenia new church in Orihuela Costa at 11.15am on Wednesday, June 24. Thorne, 66 - who was one of the sports biggest names in the 1980s - leaves behind ex-wife, Jill Saxby, 60, after passing away in the early hours of Wednesday morning. For other inquiries Contact Us. Thorne, 66 - who was one of the sports biggest names in the 1980s - leaves behind ex-wife, Jill Saxby, 60, after passing away in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Great WT.’, Referring to Thorne’s nickname as a player, Jimmy White tweeted: ‘Rest in Peace Mr Maximum Man.’. He was admitted to Torrevieja Hospital on the Costa Blanca in Spain with dangerously low blood pressure on Sunday.

The retired sportsman, who had three children and two stepchildren, moved to Alicante in Spain last year hoping to rebuild his life after suffering from a long-standing gambling problem.

Jill Saxby, now 60, is a former Miss Great Britain winner from South Yorkshire. Fellow player Ronnie O’Sullivan said: ‘Just want to say what a beautiful man – big heart, great company. RIP Willie.’, Lineker and Thorne were both from Leicester and played snooker together on many occasions, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of his friend’s passing, BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan, who appeared on Strictly with the snooker player, wrote: ‘So sad to hear about the death of Willie Thorne. The snooker player met Ms Saxby in 1994 and the couple married just one year later in 1995. Saxby is a former model and That's what you need to know about Jill Saxby, an English national known as the wife of the late Willie Thorne, a Snooker legend.
That was my name for him.

But he also struggled with gambling addiction, revealing how his wife had stopped him from killing himself after he racked up £1 million in gambling debts.

As a player he reached two World Championship quarter-finals and won the Mercantile Credit Classic in 1982. A GoFundMe page was set up by friend  and carer Julie O’Niell and British golfer Mark Roe, that raised over €20,000 of which funds will help pay for Thorne’s Memorial service.
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