Mike Gregory, known as the 'Quiet Man of Darts', was confirmed to have passed away on Tuesday morning, 30 years after his remarkable final appearance in the World Darts Championship.
Gregory faced Phil Taylor in the final, and excruciatingly missed six match darts to clinch the title after a superb showing.
The 65-year-old enjoyed a glistening career in darts, reaching the final of World Masters twice in 1983 and 1992 as well as winning the Unipart British Professional, the MFI World Matchplay and the News of the World twice.
His last major title came in 1995 in the Unipart European Masters, and Gregory then proceeded to take a break from darts, making only a few appearances in the Scottish and Welsh Open before officially retiring.
Having then continued as a county player, it ocasionally looked as though Gregory could return to the BDO scene, but it never came to fruition.
Dave Whitcombe took to social media to share the news of his passing, before the reports were confirmed by PDC referee George Noble.