Australian Kyle Anderson, a popular figure on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) circuit, has died at the age of 33.
- Anderson won a Players Championship and the Auckland Darts Masters in 2017
- He represented Australia in the PDC World Cup of Darts
- Fellow Australian Simon Whitlock says Anderson was “not only a brilliant player but a very nice man”
Rising to fame in 2013, Indigenous Australian Anderson was one of only eight players to hit a nine-dart finish at the PDC World Championship.
Anderson, nicknamed The Original, played in seven World Championships after making his debut in the 2012/13 event.
The Noongar man’s greatest moment came when he won a Players Championship and the Auckland Darts Masters on the World Series of Darts circuit in 2017.
He also represented Australia four times in the PDC World Cup of Darts, playing alongside Simon Whitlock and reaching the 2018 semi-finals.
Anderson gave up his PDC Tour card this year, preferring to stay in Australia.
He spent four weeks in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly after returning home from the UK in March 2020.
Anderson’s representative, The Sportsman Management Company, confirmed his death via Facebook.
“Kyle was one of the nicest people you could ever have met. One of the biggest hearts you will ever find with so much love in it,” the post read.
Anderson’s compatriot Simon Whitlock said he was “totally gutted” to learn of Anderson’s death.
“Not only a brilliant player but a very nice man,” he tweeted.
“Many times I played against him and loved playing with him. You will be missed Kyle but never forgotten — tragic.”
PDC chairman Barry Hearn said Anderson’s talent and dedication “made him an inspiration to other players around the world”.
“Kyle’s achievements in his short-lived career were outstanding, notably his Auckland Darts Masters win, and a fitting reward for the sacrifices he made to follow his dream,” he said.