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Australian star Kyle Anderson passes away aged 33

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 24 Aug 2021
Kyle Anderson in action (Photo by PDC/DPA)

Australian darts star Kyle Anderson has passed away at the age of 33.

Anderson proved a trailblazer for the sport as Australia’s first Aboriginal professional darts player when he progressed through PDC Qualifying School and moved to the UK in 2014.

The Perth ace followed and lived his darting dream, hitting two televised nine-darters and picking up the Auckland Masters title in 2017.

Anderson relinquished his PDC Tour Card in January 2020 and returned to live with his family in Australia.

It was announced on Tuesday morning that he had passed away.

His breakthrough came at the 2012 Oceanic Masters when he claimed the title to qualify for a debut World Championship appearance later that year.

After winning seven events on the DPA circuit the following year to top the Order of Merit, Anderson returned to Alexandra Palace and exploded into life with a sensational nine-dart finish against Ian White.

His Q School mission a month later was completed on the first day as he secured his Tour Card and settled in Nottingham.

After reaching two major televised Quarter-Finals, ‘The Original’ broke into the top 32 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time in 2016.

A year later, his career-defining moment came at the Auckland Masters on the World Series just a week after winning his first ranking title at Players Championship 17.

Wins over Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock, James Wade and Corey Cadby saw him clinch glory in front of the TV cameras for the first time.

A second televised nine-darter followed just months later at the European Championship as he reached the Semi-Finals before losing out to Michael van Gerwen in a thrilling last-leg decider.

Anderson continued to compete on the circuit in 2018 and 2019 , reaching the Third Round of the World Championship for the first time in his penultimate appearance.

A proud family man, Anderson returned to Queensland at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last March and welcomed the birth of his second child.

He relinquished his Tour Card as world number 60 in February 2021 and said: “I have had a great seven years in the PDC but I have a new child on the way next month, so it’s only fair that I give my Tour Card up so that another rising star can try to achieve their dream.”

Anderson was a hugely popular figure among players and fans alike, and tributes have poured in across social media.