Darts legend Fordham looked unrecognisable in last picture before death aged 59

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Former darts world champion Andy Fordham appeared unrecognisable in the final picture he shared online before his sad death.

Fordham uploaded an image with his wife, Jenny, in October 2020 as they celebrated their anniversary and appeared to be in good shape.

"The Viking" had a long history with health issues and weighed 31 stone at his heaviest.

In a bid to address this situation, he once lost over 17 stone by completely cutting out alcohol.

Fordham passed away at home on Thursday morning with his wife by is side.

The BDO shared a statement on its Facebook page earlier today confirming the sad news.

It read: "The British Darts Organisation are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of the darts legend Andy (The Viking) Fordham, a true gentleman of the game who will deeply missed by all.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family at this time."

Fordham, who required a life-saving bowel operation in 2020 and was diagnosed with coronavirus at the start of this year, made headlines in 2004 with a thrilling 6-3 win over Mervyn King in the BDO World Championship final at Lakeside.

After a health scare in 2007 where doctors told Fordham his liver was 75 per cent dead, he enrolled on reality TV show Celebrity Fit Club and joined the Professional Darts Corporation in 2009.

The Bristol-born player would later return to the BDO and qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts in 2015 where he claimed a first televised win in 10 years over Wayne Jones.

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Adrian Lewis had also faced Fordham in that event and paid tribute to him on Twitter, saying: "Sad to hear the passing of a legend Andy Fordham. Our thoughts are with his family."

Former darts player and ex-BBC pundit Bobby George added: "Just heard the devastating news that Andy Fordham has passed away.

"He was a gentle giant and loved by all. Our condolences go out to his wife Jenny, family and friends. RIP Andy Fordham, The Viking."

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