Josh’s Dartistry is extremely saddened to report that Japan’s Morihiro Hashimoto passed away yesterday (Monday 13th March) at the tender age of 40. The cause of his death remains unknown at present.
Hashimoto appeared twice at the PDC World Championship, making his debut back in 2011 against Gary Anderson. Hashimoto defeated Matt Padgett in the preliminary round and became a cult hero with the Ally Pally crowd, despite losing out in straight sets to ‘The Flying Scotsman’.
He also appeared at the 2014 World Championship, losing out to former World-Youth champion Michael Smith in the opening round having seen off Singapore veteran Paul Lim in the preliminary stages. However, Hashimoto did take a set off Smith, who went on to defeat Phil Taylor in the following round.
The man affectionately nicknamed ‘The Ogre’ also represented Japan at the World Cup of Darts on three separate occasions alongside Haruki Muramatsu. They reached the last 16 in both 2014 and 2015; defeating Canada and China respectively. In addition, Hashimoto was also a prolific figure on the soft-tip circuit.
On behalf of darts fans around the world, our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. Morihiro was a fantastic character and a great player- he was taken far too soon and we will all sorely miss his infectious smile.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC